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Former CEO Blocked Stock Sale, Cost Shareholders Millions, Atty Argues as Trial Opens Against Clean Coal Co.

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Apr 26, 2017 10:48:48 PM

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West Palm Beach, FL—Shareholders in a clean coal company lost millions because its chief executive wrongfully refused to lift restrictions on the stock's sale, the shareholders' attorney told jurors as trial opened against the company and its former CEO Tuesday. Soffin v. Clean Coal Technologies, et al, 2010CA028706.

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Topics: Florida, Soffin v. Clean Coal Technologies Inc., et al.

UPDATE: $15M Verdict, Including $12M in Punitives, Thumps RJR for Smoker's Illness; Philip Morris Cleared of Responsibility

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Apr 21, 2017 1:05:03 PM

Scott Schlesinger delivers his closing argument at trial against R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris for smoking-related diseases Mary Lima claims her husband developed because of nicotine addiction and tobacco industry concealment of smoking's dangers. 


Update: Jurors Friday imposed a $12 million punitive verdict against R.J. Reynolds for the smoking-related disease effects they found Johnny Lima suffered as a result of Reynolds' participation in a long-standing conspiracy to hide the dangers of cigarettes. 

The punitive verdict brings the total award to $15 million in the case.  A day earlier the jury awarded $3 million in compensatory damages to Lima's widow, Mary, but absolved codefendant Philip Morris of responsibility. 

Tampa, FL—A state court jury Thursday awarded $3 million in compensatory damages to a Florida smoker’s widow, and found punitives potentially warranted for the role R.J. Reynolds played in his smoking-related illness. But, it absolved the tobacco giant of his death and completely cleared Philip Morris of responsibility. Lima v. R.J. Reynolds, et al. 21015-CA-007140.

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Topics: Products Liability, tobacco, Engle Progeny, Florida, Lima v. R.J. Reynolds, et al.

UPDATE: Former Biscuit Maker's Popcorn Lung Suit Settles Days Before Trial

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Apr 20, 2017 6:31:25 PM

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Update 4/21/17: Parties to the suit settled their case Friday, three days before jury selection was scheduled to begin in the case. Terms of the settlement were not immediately released. 

Lawrenceville, GA—Jury selection is set to begin in Gwinnett County State Court Monday over a former frozen food worker's claim that years of exposure to an artificial butter flavoring caused his lung disease. Anderson v. Illes Food Ingredients, 10-C-15420-S4. 

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Topics: Products Liability, Georgia, Anderson v. Illes Foods

FL Appeals Court Upholds $11M Verdict Against RJR for Smoker's Throat Cancer

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Apr 18, 2017 6:14:45 PM

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Tallahassee, FL—A Florida state appeals court last month upheld an $11 million verdict against tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds for the throat cancer that took a former smoker’s larynx.

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Topics: tobacco, Engle Progeny, Florida, Monroe v. R.J. Reynolds

|Video| Trent Speckhals' Closing Delivers $5M+ Verdict for "Life That Will Never Be"

Posted by Courtroom View Network on Apr 13, 2017 1:31:41 PM


A plaintiff can recover “the full value of a deceased’s life” in a Georgia wrongful death suit. However, where the bulk of a damage claim is for non-economic value, or what made the lost life at the heart of a case special, the damages argument becomes more complicated. In a wrongful death case involving a 22-year-old hairstylist and mother of two, Trent Speckhals’ closing argument emphasized the importance of non-economic damages and helped deliver a hefty award. Mitchell v. The Estate of Otis South, 09A03669.

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