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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.

UPDATE: Former Biscuit Maker's Popcorn Lung Suit Settles Days Before Trial

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Apr 20, 2017 6:31:25 PM

Stock image. 


Update 4/21/17: Parties to the suit settled their case Friday, three days before jury selection was scheduled to begin in the case. Terms of the settlement were not immediately released. 

Lawrenceville, GA—Jury selection is set to begin in Gwinnett County State Court Monday over a former frozen food worker's claim that years of exposure to an artificial butter flavoring caused his lung disease. Anderson v. Illes Food Ingredients, 10-C-15420-S4. 

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Topics: Products Liability, Georgia, Anderson v. Illes Foods

Lawyers Descend On St. Louis As Latest Trial Over J&J Talc Powder’s Alleged Cancer Link Begins

Posted by David Siegel on Apr 12, 2017 10:26:28 AM

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Topics: Products Liability, Mass Torts

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

$1.81M Award Strikes Three Tobacco Companies for Smoker's Cancer Death

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Apr 3, 2017 6:46:58 PM

 

 Lakiesha Cannon delivers her closing argument in Santoro v. R.J. Reynolds, et al. 


Fort Lauderdale, FL—A Florida smoker’s widower was awarded $1.81 million last week for the lung cancer death of his wife, wrapping a rare Engle progeny trial against three of the country’s four biggest tobacco companies. Santoro v. R.J. Reynolds, et al., 2008-CV-025807(19).

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Topics: Negligence, Products Liability, tobacco, Florida, Santoro v. R.J. Reynolds, et al.