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BREAKING: Boston Jury Hits RJR With $43.1M Verdict in Cancer Trial, Clears Philip Morris & Auto Parts Co.

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Oct 12, 2018 11:00:00 AM

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Update 10/12/18: A Massachusetts state court jury Friday afternoon awarded the family of a former brake worker $43.1 million after finding R.J. Reynolds liable for his lung cancer death, but jurors cleared Philip Morris and an auto parts company of responsibility. 

The verdict, reached after four days of deliberations, includes $13.1 million in compensatory damages for the 2015 death of Lous Summerlin and $30 million in punitives imposed against Reynolds. 


Boston—Jurors entered their fourth day of deliberations Friday at trial over claims the nation’s two biggest cigarette makers and an auto parts company are responsible for a Massachusetts man’s fatal cancer. Summerlin v. Philip Morris, et al., 1581CV05255.

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Topics: Summerlin v. Philip Morris, tobacco, Massachusetts, Asbestos

Pipe Insulation Co. Scores Come-From-Behind Asbestos Trial Win Despite Sanctions

Posted by David Siegel on Jul 20, 2018 1:01:16 PM

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Topics: Asbestos, Products Liability

Pipe Insulation Company's Asbestos Blamed For Worker's Deadly Cancer As Trial Begins

Posted by David Siegel on Jul 17, 2018 5:48:57 PM

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Topics: Asbestos, product liability

BREAKING UPDATE: $4.69 Billion Verdict Pounds Johnson & Johnson in 22-Plaintiff, Talc-Cancer Trial

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Jul 12, 2018 4:23:02 PM

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Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect a $4.14 billion punitive verdict in the case. 

This is a developing story, and updates will be added as events warrant. 

St. Louis—Jurors Thursday slammed Johnson & Johnson with a $4.69 billion verdict, including more than $4.1 billion in punitives, for the role they concluded the company played in the ovarian cancer 22 women developed after years of using its talc-based products. Ingham v. Johnson & Johnson, 1522-CC10417.  

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Topics: Ingham v. Johnson & Johnson, Talc, Asbestos, Products Liability

Jury Clears CertainTeed Corp. in $5M+ Asbestos Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Posted by David Siegel on Feb 14, 2018 2:05:32 PM

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Topics: Asbestos, product liability