Philip Morris, RJR Prevail in $11M Trial Over Smoker's Bladder Cancer

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Jun 6, 2017 10:56:22 AM

West Palm Beach, FL—A state court jury Friday cleared R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris of responsibility for the bladder cancer a Florida man says he developed because of decades of smoking. Kogan v. R.J. Reynolds, 2007-CA-023657.

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

Scott Schlesinger and the Closing that Set Up a $15M Verdict Against R.J. Reynolds |VIDEO|

Posted by Arlin Crisco on May 25, 2017 12:14:18 AM

A blistering closing argument aimed at modern tobacco marketing helped deliver the eight-figure award at the heart of the largest Engle verdict so far this year, said Scott Schlesinger, who spearheaded the win against R.J. Reynolds.

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Topics: Engle Progeny, Florida, Tobacco Litigation, Lima v. R.J. Reynolds, et al.

Smoker Who Lost Lung Wins $1.1M Verdict, Plus Possible Punitives, in Trial Against Philip Morris

Posted by Arlin Crisco on May 17, 2017 7:18:20 PM

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Miami—A Cuban immigrant who lost a lung and suffers from emphysema won a $1.1 million verdict, plus possible punitive damages, against Philip Morris Tuesday for the company’s role in a scheme to hide the dangers of cigarettes. Martin v. Philip Morris, 07-CA-34267.

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

Cigarette Addiction Drove Trucker to Cancer Death, Atty Says as Trial Opens Against RJR

Posted by Arlin Crisco on May 16, 2017 6:33:25 PM

Randy Rosenblum delivers his opening statement on behalf of Lorraine Olson, who claims R.J. Reynolds is responsibile for her husband, Floyd Olson's, cancer death. 

Jacksonville, FL—Attorneys Friday debated what drove a Florida trucker to smoke up to four packs of cigarettes a day for more than 40 years, as trial over his cancer death opened against R.J. Reynolds.Olson v. R.J Reynolds, 2008-CA-000396.

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

UPDATE: $6.8M Award, After $5M Punitive Verdict Against RJR, for Widow of Smoker Who Died From Lung Cancer

Posted by Arlin Crisco on May 12, 2017 11:00:54 AM

Update: Jurors imposed a $5 million punitive verdict Frday afternoon against R.J. Reynolds for the role the tobacco company played in Valton Sheffield's fatal lung cancer. The verdict, reached after about 90 minutes of deliberations, pushes the total award to $6.8 million to Sheffield's widow. 

Orlando, FL—A Florida State Court jury Thursday awarded $1.8 million to the widow of a Florida smoker who died after multiple bouts of lung cancer, and it found R.J. Reynolds potentially liable for punitive damages for the part it played in the man’s death. Sheffield v. R.J. Reynolds, 2013-CA-009469.

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