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.
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).
St. Louis — The next trial in Missouri state court over the alleged cancer risks from Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder-based personal hygiene products begins next week, as the company hopes to follow up on its first defense verdict in a rapidly expanding batch of similar cases.
Topics: Products Liability
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.
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.