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.
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.
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.
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.
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.