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Update: Jurors Hit RJR with $3M Compensatory Verdict in Cancer Trial, Parties Settle on Punitives After Juror Deadlock

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Mar 29, 2017 9:54:50 PM

 

Gary Paige delivers his closing argument against R.J. Reynolds, accused of responsibility for the lung cancer death of Evelyn Whitmire, 46, who smoked for more than 25 years. Jurors awarded Whitmire's husband $3 million in compensatory damages. 


Update 4/3/17: Parties announced Monday that they reached a confidential settlement on punitive damages. 

Tallahassee—A day after awarding $3 million in compensatory damages for the role R.J. Reynolds played in the lung cancer death of a 46-year-old smoker, Florida state court jurors Wednesday declared themselves at an impasse over punitive damages, forcing a mistrial in that phase of trial against the tobacco company. Whitmire v. R.J. Reynolds, 2015CA002337. 

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

Trio of Tobacco Companies Accused of Responsibility for Woman's Fatal Cancer, as Trial Begins

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Mar 24, 2017 11:21:33 AM

 Lakiesha Cannon delivers her opening statement in Santoro v. R.J. Reynolds, et al. 


Fort Lauderdale, FL—A woman’s hopeless addiction to cigarettes was driven by tobacco deceit that led to her fatal lung cancer, an attorney for the woman’s widower said during Tuesday's openings of a rare Florida state court trial against three of the nation’s four largest cigarette makers. 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.

Appeals Court Orders New Trial for Tobacco Case That Produced $23.6B Verdict

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Feb 28, 2017 8:15:36 PM

Christopher Chestnut delivers closings in Robinson v. R.J. Reynolds. A Florida state appellate court ordered a new trial in the case, after jurors handed down a 23.6 billion verdict in 2014. 


Tallahassee, FL—A Florida state appellate court ordered a new trial last week in the tobacco cancer case that yielded a record-setting $23.6 billion verdict against R.J. Reynolds.

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Topics: Products Liability, tobacco, Engle Progeny, Florida, Robinson v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

WWII Hero's Family Awarded $6M in Trial Against RJR Over Heart and Lung Disease

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Feb 24, 2017 9:38:31 AM

Steven Hammer delivers his closing argument at trial against R.J. Reynolds for the company's role in the heart and respiratory disease Blanche Fox claims her husband, Malcom, suffered after decades of smoking. 


Fort Lauderdale, FL--A Florida state court jury handed down a $6 million verdict against R.J. Reynolds for the role jurors found the tobacco giant played in the illness a decorated World War II veteran developed after smoking cigarettes for more than a half century. Fox v. R.J. Reynolds, 2008-CV-026348.

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

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