R.J. Reynolds Blamed for 49-Year Old's Lung Cancer Death, as Trial Opens

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Nov 8, 2018 1:41:00 PM

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Orlando, FL— Attorneys debated whether a tobacco industry conspiracy or a Florida smoker's own choices were to blame for the lung cancer that killed him at 49, as trial began this week against R.J. Reynolds. Hochreiter v. R.J. Reynolds, 2015CA003926. 

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Topics: Hochreiter v. R.J. Reynolds, tobacco, Florida

Design Defects, Not Pilot Error, Caused Plane Crash That Injured 2, Expert Says in Trial Against Manufacturer

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Nov 2, 2018 2:23:48 PM


Donald Sommer demonstrates why he believes a low fuel warning light would not trigger following the unporting of fuel in a Socata TBM 700/850 plane. Blaine and Cynthia McCaleb were injured when their Socata crashed following the unporting of its fuel in a sideslip maneuver. 

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Fort Lauderdale, FL— An aircraft accident reconstruction expert wrapped three days of testimony Thursday with a sometimes tense back-and-forth over what led to a 2014 crash that injured two, as trial against the plane’s manufacturer continued through its first full week. McCaleb v. Daher-Socata, CACE15014561.

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Topics: McCaleb v. Daher-Socata, Florida, Aviation

Trial Begins Against Plane Manufacturer Over Crash That Injured Two

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Oct 26, 2018 2:54:39 PM

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Fort Lauderdale, FL— Attorneys Thursday debated whether defective design or pilot error caused a 2014 plane crash that seriously injured a Georgia couple, as trial opened against the plane’s manufacturer. McCaleb v. Daher-Socata, CACE15014561.

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Topics: McCaleb v. Daher-Socata, Aviation, Florida, product liability

R.J. Reynolds Cleared at Trial Over Octogenarian's Lung Cancer

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Oct 19, 2018 12:53:22 PM

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West Palm Beach, FL—R.J. Reynolds prevailed Wednesday at trial over claims it was responsible for a Florida man’s lung cancer.  Ridley v. R.J. Reynolds, 2011CA005250.

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

Jury Finds COPD-Related Claim Against RJR, Philip Morris Time-Barred

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Oct 12, 2018 1:25:01 PM

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Miami—Jurors Thursday cleared R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris of responsibility for a Florida man’s respiratory disease, after finding the claim time-barred. Ortiz v. Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds, 2008CA000847.

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