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Appeals Court Orders New Trial for Tobacco Case That Produced $23.6B Verdict

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Feb 28, 2017 8:15:36 PM

Christopher Chestnut delivers closings in Robinson v. R.J. Reynolds. A Florida state appellate court ordered a new trial in the case, after jurors handed down a 23.6 billion verdict in 2014. 


Tallahassee, FL—A Florida state appellate court ordered a new trial last week in the tobacco cancer case that yielded a record-setting $23.6 billion verdict against R.J. Reynolds.

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Topics: Products Liability, tobacco, Engle Progeny, Florida, Robinson v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

WWII Hero's Family Awarded $6M in Trial Against RJR Over Heart and Lung Disease

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Feb 24, 2017 9:38:31 AM

Steven Hammer delivers his closing argument at trial against R.J. Reynolds for the company's role in the heart and respiratory disease Blanche Fox claims her husband, Malcom, suffered after decades of smoking. 


Fort Lauderdale, FL--A Florida state court jury handed down a $6 million verdict against R.J. Reynolds for the role jurors found the tobacco giant played in the illness a decorated World War II veteran developed after smoking cigarettes for more than a half century. Fox v. R.J. Reynolds, 2008-CV-026348.

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

Mistrial In Cuban Immigrant's Cancer Claim Against Philip Morris, After Prospective Juror Shares News of $20M Award in Similar Case

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Feb 15, 2017 11:44:28 AM

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Miami, FL—A $5+ million claim against Philip Morris for a former smoker’s lung cancer ended in mistrial Monday, just days after openings, because a prospective juror shared information during voir dire about a prior $20 million award in a similar case. Martin v. Philip Morris, et al., 07-34267-CA.  

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Topics: Negligence, Products Liability, tobacco, Engle Progeny, Florida, Martin v. Philip Morris

$80.5M on 4 Wins for Engle Plaintiff's Attorney of 2016

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Jan 11, 2017 7:00:34 PM

Last year, CVN cameras captured 40 Engle progeny trials, with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake in tobacco litigation involving some of the nation’s best attorneys. The high-stakes cases are among thousands that stem from a Florida class action suit that the state’s high court ultimately decertified, allowing individual plaintiffs to rely on the original class action’s jury findings and recover damages if a plaintiff proves that the smoker at the heart of their case suffered from nicotine addiction that led to a smoking-related disease.

CVN’s Engle Plaintiff’s Attorney of 2016 distinguished himself with an undefeated record and more than $80 million in damages awarded on the year.

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Topics: tobacco, Engle Progeny, Florida, Engle Attorney of the Year

FL Appeals Court Orders Cuts in Pair of Awards Against R.J. Reynolds, Philip Morris

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Jan 6, 2017 4:53:23 PM

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West Palm Beach, FL—A Florida appellate court this week cut a pair of Engle awards against the country’s two biggest tobacco companies, after concluding the trial judge in each case erred in not reducing their compensatory damages.

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Topics: tobacco, Engle Progeny, Florida, McKeever v. Philip Morris, et al., Grossman v. R.J. Reynolds