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RJR Prevails at Trial Over Death of Woman Who Never Smoked the Company's Cigarettes

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Jul 19, 2019 7:24:41 PM

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Miami, FL— Jurors Friday cleared R.J. Reynolds at trial over claims that its role in a decades-long tobacco industry conspiracy led to a Florida woman’s death. Ruiz v. R.J. Reynolds, 08-112-CA-11.

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

How Bethany Schneider's Vivid Argument, and a Leaky Faucet, Sealed a $5.5M Traumatic Brain Injury Verdict

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Jul 18, 2019 3:26:24 PM


Arguing the long-lasting effects of a traumatic brain injury at trial can be difficult.  Symptoms may not be immediately and obviously visible to others, and the defense may argue that the impact of the injury is less than what the accident victim claims. But at trial in June over a traumatic brain injury a Georgia taxi driver suffered, Bethany Schneider’s vivid closing countered defense arguments on the injury's severity and won a seven-figure verdict. 

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Topics: Premises Liability, Georgia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Laguerre v. Cajun Contractors

Trial Begins Against RJR Over Death of Woman Who Never Smoked Its Cigarettes

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Jul 17, 2019 9:19:00 AM

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Miami, FL— Attorneys Monday argued over whether R.J. Reynolds is responsible for the death of a woman who never smoked the company’s cigarettes, as trial opened against the tobacco giant. Ruiz v. R.J. Reynolds, 08-112-CA-11.

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

Florida Jury Awards $10.6M at Trial Against RJR Over Cancer Death of Woman Who Began Smoking at 31

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Jul 3, 2019 9:04:17 AM

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Fort Lauderdale, FL— A Florida state court jury smacked R.J. Reynolds this week with a $10.6 million total verdict for the role it found the company played in the lung cancer death of a Florida woman. Hamilton v. R.J. Reynolds, 2008-CV-019632.

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

Attorneys Debate Whether RJR Is Responsible for Cancer Death of Woman Who Started Smoking at 31

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Jun 27, 2019 6:41:30 PM

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Fort Lauderdale, FL— Attorneys last week squared off over what role, if any, R.J. Reynolds and tobacco industry messaging played in the lung cancer death of a Florida woman, as trial opened against the tobacco giant. Hamilton v. R.J. Reynolds, 2008-CV-019632.

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