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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

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

BREAKING: Boston Jury Hits RJR With $43.1M Verdict in Cancer Trial, Clears Philip Morris & Auto Parts Co.

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Oct 12, 2018 11:00:00 AM

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Update 10/12/18: A Massachusetts state court jury Friday afternoon awarded the family of a former brake worker $43.1 million after finding R.J. Reynolds liable for his lung cancer death, but jurors cleared Philip Morris and an auto parts company of responsibility. 

The verdict, reached after four days of deliberations, includes $13.1 million in compensatory damages for the 2015 death of Lous Summerlin and $30 million in punitives imposed against Reynolds. 


Boston—Jurors entered their fourth day of deliberations Friday at trial over claims the nation’s two biggest cigarette makers and an auto parts company are responsible for a Massachusetts man’s fatal cancer. Summerlin v. Philip Morris, et al., 1581CV05255.

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Topics: Summerlin v. Philip Morris, tobacco, Massachusetts, Asbestos

Attorneys Argue Tobacco Industry's Role in Smoker's COPD, as Trial Against RJR, Philip Morris Starts

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Oct 3, 2018 8:30:58 AM

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Miami— Attorneys Monday argued over what role tobacco industry messaging played in a Florida smoker's respiratory disease, as trial opened against the nation's two largest cigarette makers. Ortiz v. Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds, 2008CA000847.

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