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Jury Awards Nothing to Smoker's Widow in Trial Against RJR, Despite Finding Cigarettes Caused Smoker's Death

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Apr 27, 2017 4:17:22 PM

Randall Bassett delivers his closing argument on behalf of R.J. reynolds, accused of responsibility for the laryngeal cancer and eventual death of Ralph Shadd.


West Palm Beach, FL—Jurors this week found a Florida smoker's cancer and death were caused by R.J. Reynolds cigarettes, but shut out the smoker’s widow on her claim for damages against the tobacco company. Shadd v. R.J. Reynolds, 2008-CA-038631.

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

UPDATE: $15M Verdict, Including $12M in Punitives, Thumps RJR for Smoker's Illness; Philip Morris Cleared of Responsibility

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Apr 21, 2017 1:05:03 PM

Scott Schlesinger delivers his closing argument at trial against R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris for smoking-related diseases Mary Lima claims her husband developed because of nicotine addiction and tobacco industry concealment of smoking's dangers. 


Update: Jurors Friday imposed a $12 million punitive verdict against R.J. Reynolds for the smoking-related disease effects they found Johnny Lima suffered as a result of Reynolds' participation in a long-standing conspiracy to hide the dangers of cigarettes. 

The punitive verdict brings the total award to $15 million in the case.  A day earlier the jury awarded $3 million in compensatory damages to Lima's widow, Mary, but absolved codefendant Philip Morris of responsibility. 

Tampa, FL—A state court jury Thursday awarded $3 million in compensatory damages to a Florida smoker’s widow, and found punitives potentially warranted for the role R.J. Reynolds played in his smoking-related illness. But, it absolved the tobacco giant of his death and completely cleared Philip Morris of responsibility. Lima v. R.J. Reynolds, et al. 21015-CA-007140.

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Topics: Products Liability, tobacco, Engle Progeny, Florida, Lima v. R.J. Reynolds, et al.

FL Appeals Court Upholds $11M Verdict Against RJR for Smoker's Throat Cancer

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Apr 18, 2017 6:14:45 PM

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Tallahassee, FL—A Florida state appeals court last month upheld an $11 million verdict against tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds for the throat cancer that took a former smoker’s larynx.

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

Former Lawyer's Widow Awarded $1M in Trial Against Philip Morris Over Fatal Cancer

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Apr 7, 2017 5:53:30 PM

Richard Diaz gives his closing argument at trial against Philip Morris for the lung cancer death of Bert Sommers. 


Miami—A Florida State Court jury Thursday awarded $1 million to the widow of a lawyer and real estate developer after finding Philip Morris responsible for his coronary artery disease and fatal lung cancer. Sommers v. Philip Morris, 2008-CA-001464.

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

Florida Supreme Court Rules Engle Tobacco Claims Not Preempted By Federal Law

Posted by David Siegel on Apr 7, 2017 8:50:43 AM

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Topics: Products Liability, tobacco, Engle Progeny, CVN Florida