UPDATED: $5.8M Verdict Slaps Tobacco Cos. for Woman's Lung Cancer Death

Posted by Meghan Gourley on Feb 16, 2017 3:23:04 PM

Editor's Note: This article has been updated to reflect the punitive damage award imposed against the defendants. 

St. Petersburg, FL—Jurors awarded $5.8 million in damages to the family of a 2-pack-a-day smoker who died of lung cancer, after concluding the nation's largest tobacco companies concealed the dangers of the cigarettes they found led to her death.   Brown v. Philip Morris, et al., 15-002451-CI. 

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Topics: Products Liability, tobacco, Florida, Brown v. Philip Morris USA

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

Multi-Million-Dollar Verdict Hits Florida Developer for His Scheme to Defraud Subway Founder in Massive Land Project

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Feb 13, 2017 3:15:11 PM


Richard Hutchison delivers his closing statement during the fraud and breach of contract trial stemming from the failed Destiny development project in Florida. 

West Palm Beach, FL—Jurors Friday cleared Subway founder Fred DeLuca of responsibility for the alleged breach of a massive land development agreement, and they handed down a to-be-trebled $2.9 million verdict against his partners, a Florida real estate developer and his business manager, for their role in a scheme to defraud DeLuca. FD Destiny v. AVP Destiny, 2009CA029903. 

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Topics: Fraud, Real Estate, Florida, FD Destiny v. AVP Destiny, Contract

R.J. Reynolds Avoids Liability for Smoker's COPD Death as Jurors Declare Suit Time Barred

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Feb 8, 2017 12:57:51 PM

Kevin Boyce tells jurors Totsie Fleming knew or should have known she had smoking-related respiratory disease on or before May 5, 1990, a statutory cutoff date for her family's action against cigarette maker R.J. Reynolds. Jurors Wednesday found the suit time barred. 

Sebring, FL—R.J. Reynolds Wednesday prevailed in a suit by the family of a Florida woman who died from respiratory disease after smoking for 60 years, as jurors declared the claim time barred. Durrance v. R.J. Reynolds, 11-26-GCS. 

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

Trucker, HR Firm Liable for Florida Crash That Killed 2, Attorney Says as Trial Begins

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Feb 2, 2017 4:08:25 PM

An image of the Maldonados' car after the wreck that killed Deborah and Eliezer Maldonado, Jr. The image was shown during openings at trial against Theorphilus Clark, Wayne T. Fellows Inc. and Peoplease Corp., accused of responsibility for the crash. 

Ocala, FL—Attorneys debated who caused the late night, 2012 truck crash that killed a Florida woman and her 12-year-old son, as trial opened Wednesday against the trucker and companies that hired him. Maldonado v. Wayne T. Fellows, et al., 2013CA001308.

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Topics: Florida, Trucking, Maldonado v. Wayne T. Fellows Inc