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Philip Morris Hit with $4M Compensatory Award, But Avoids Punitives, for Building Contractor's Cancer Death

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Mar 16, 2018 3:54:40 PM

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Gainesville, FL—Philip Morris was hit with a $4 million verdict this week for the role the company’s cigarettes played in a Florida contractor’s lung cancer death. But the tobacco giant ultimately avoided punitive liability, despite an earlier jury finding putting punitives in play. Freeman v. Philip Morris, 2015-CA-003930.

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Topics: tobacco, Engle Progeny, Florida, Freeman v. Philip Morris USA

Retrial Begins in Case Against Philip Morris Over Whether Smoking Addiction Caused Contractor's Cancer

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Mar 12, 2018 10:14:54 AM

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Gainesville, FL—Attorneys last week argued over the role Philip Morris cigarettes and nicotine addiction played in the death of a 54-year-old Florida building contractor, as retrial against the tobacco giant opened nine months after jurors deadlocked in the case’s first bow. Freeman v. Philip Morris, 2015CA003930.

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Topics: tobacco, Engle Progeny, Florida, Freeman v. Philip Morris USA

RJR & Philip Morris Cleared of Punitive Liability for Smoker's Death, 5 Years After Compensatory Award

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Mar 5, 2018 10:53:55 AM

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Topics: tobacco, Engle Progeny, Florida, Starr-Blundell v. R.J. Reynolds et al.

Jury Awards $0 to Smoker's Widow, Despite Linking RJR Cigarettes to Smoker's Cancer Death

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Mar 2, 2018 7:12:16 PM

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Key West, FL—A state court jury Thursday found R.J. Reynolds cigarettes caused the lung cancer that killed a Florida smoker, but cleared Reynolds of financial liability in the case.  Mobley v. R.J. Reynolds, 2007-CA-001709.

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

$19.5M Verdict Knocks R.J. Reynolds at Trial Over Its Part in Florida Pawn Broker's Lung Cancer Death

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Feb 23, 2018 10:22:27 AM

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New Port Richey, FL—Jurors this week awarded the family of a Florida smoker $19.5 million after finding R.J. Reynolds responsible for his fatal lung cancer.Graffeo v. R.J. Reynolds, 2016CA000233.

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