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Former Lawyer's Widow Awarded $1M in Trial Against Philip Morris Over Fatal Cancer

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Apr 7, 2017 5:53:30 PM

Richard Diaz gives his closing argument at trial against Philip Morris for the lung cancer death of Bert Sommers. 

Miami—A Florida State Court jury Thursday awarded $1 million to the widow of a lawyer and real estate developer after finding Philip Morris responsible for his coronary artery disease and fatal lung cancer. Sommers v. Philip Morris, 2008-CA-001464.

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Topics: tobacco, Engle Progeny, Florida, Sommers v. Philip Morris

Hospital Slapped With $909K Verdict For Patient's Bone-Breaking Fall

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Apr 4, 2017 5:33:04 PM

West Palm Beach, FL—A South Florida hospital last week was found liable for more than $900,000 in damages over its role in the fall that broke a patient’s hip and left her restricted to a walker. Harrison v. West Boca Medical Center, 2016-CA-009017.

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Topics: Medical Malpractice, Harrison v. West Boca Medical Center Inc.

$1.81M Award Strikes Three Tobacco Companies for Smoker's Cancer Death

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Apr 3, 2017 6:46:58 PM


 Lakiesha Cannon delivers her closing argument in Santoro v. R.J. Reynolds, et al. 

Fort Lauderdale, FL—A Florida smoker’s widower was awarded $1.81 million last week for the lung cancer death of his wife, wrapping a rare Engle progeny trial against three of the country’s four biggest tobacco companies. Santoro v. R.J. Reynolds, et al., 2008-CV-025807(19).

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Topics: Negligence, Products Liability, tobacco, Florida, Santoro v. R.J. Reynolds, et al.

$5.35M Verdict Hits GA Drunk Driver's Estate for the Head-On Crash That Killed Mother of 2

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Mar 31, 2017 11:30:08 AM

Trent Speckhals delivers his opening statement at trial over the head-on collision that killed Fatima Bird.

Decatur, GA—Jurors Wednesday awarded $5.35 million for the role a drunk driver played in the 2008 crash that killed a 22-year-old mother of two. Mitchell v. The Estate of Otis South, 09A03669.

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Topics: Georgia, Transportation, Mitchell v. Estate of South

Update: Jurors Hit RJR with $3M Compensatory Verdict in Cancer Trial, Parties Settle on Punitives After Juror Deadlock

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Mar 29, 2017 9:54:50 PM


Gary Paige delivers his closing argument against R.J. Reynolds, accused of responsibility for the lung cancer death of Evelyn Whitmire, 46, who smoked for more than 25 years. Jurors awarded Whitmire's husband $3 million in compensatory damages. 

Update 4/3/17: Parties announced Monday that they reached a confidential settlement on punitive damages. 

Tallahassee—A day after awarding $3 million in compensatory damages for the role R.J. Reynolds played in the lung cancer death of a 46-year-old smoker, Florida state court jurors Wednesday declared themselves at an impasse over punitive damages, forcing a mistrial in that phase of trial against the tobacco company. Whitmire v. R.J. Reynolds, 2015CA002337. 

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Topics: Products Liability, tobacco, Engle Progeny, Florida, Whitmire v. R.J. Reynolds