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BREAKING UPDATE: $14M in Punitives Pushes Verdict for Smoker's Widow to $21M Total in Trial Against Philip Morris & RJR

Posted by Arlin Crisco on May 21, 2018 10:11:55 PM

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5/24/18 9AM Update: The Florida state court jury imposed a $10 million punitive verdict against Philip Morris and another $4 million against R.J. Reynolds after deliberating for about four hours Wednesday in the second phase of trial over the lung cancer death of Fred Theis. The punitive verdict brings the total damage award to $21 million. 

5/22/18 11:51 AM Update: Jurors awarded $7 million to the widow of a Florida smoker, and concluded punitive damages are potentially warranted, after finding R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris responsible for his lung cancer death. The jury, which also found the cigarette makers liable on fraud and conspiracy claims, apportioned 60% of fault to Philip Morris, 15% to Reynolds and 25% to Fred Theis, the smoker at the center of the case. Punitive proceedings are slated to begin this afternoon. 

Venice, FL—Attorneys sparred Monday over what, if any, responsibility the nation’s two largest cigarette makers bore for the lung cancer death of a long-time Florida smoker, as closings wrapped before the case went to the jury. Theis v. Philip Morris, et al., 2011-CA-001941.

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Topics: tobacco, Engle Progeny, Florida, Theis v. Philip Morris, et al.

Tobacco Giants Responsible for Woman's Lung Cancer Death, Atty Claims as Trial Begins

Posted by Arlin Crisco on May 21, 2018 9:11:38 PM

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West Palm Beach, FL—A tobacco industry scheme to undermine medical evidence of smoking’s risks led to a Florida woman’s fatal cancer, an attorney for the woman’s family said Friday, as trial opened against R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris. Landi v. R.J. Reynolds, et al. 2008-CV-025814.

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

Jurors Award Ex-Smoker $375K But Find Her 90% at Fault for Her COPD in Trial Against R.J. Reynolds

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Apr 20, 2018 9:51:02 AM

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Jacksonville, FL—Jurors Thursday linked R.J. Reynolds cigarettes to a Florida smoker’s lung disease, but they placed the majority of blame on the smoker, and their $375,000 verdict was a fraction of what she sought against the tobacco giant. Rozar v. R.J. Reynolds, 2014CA000586.

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

RJR Prevails at Trial Over Florida Woman's Death, As Jury Rejects Link Between Its Cigs and Her COPD

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Mar 30, 2018 3:38:28 PM

 

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Tampa, FL--R.J. Reynolds was cleared of liability Wednesday for the death of a Florida woman when jurors rejected a claimed link between the company's cigarettes and her respiratory disease.  Gay v. R.J. Reynolds, 07-CA-014649.

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

Jury Slaps R.J. Reynolds With $13.5M Total for Role in Smoker's Fatal Respiratory Disease

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Mar 23, 2018 5:01:55 PM


DeLand, FL—Jurors this week awarded $13.5 million to the family of a Florida smoker after finding R.J. Reynolds responsible for his respiratory disease-related death.  Brown v. R.J. Reynolds, 2017 30003 CI.

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