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$0 Verdict Against RJR, Despite Jury Decision Tying Company's Cigarettes to Smoker's Fatal Lung Cancer

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Sep 27, 2019 11:13:13 AM

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Jacksonville, FL— Jurors Tuesday found R.J. Reynolds cigarettes caused a Florida man’s lung cancer death, but found the smoker himself largely responsible and declined to award damages in the case. Miller v. R.J. Reynolds, 2008-CA-000401. 

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

|BREAKING| Jury Hands Down $9.7M Verdict Against Philip Morris for Massachusetts Smoker's Cancer

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Sep 26, 2019 4:40:47 PM

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Woburn, MA— Jurors awarded nearly $9.7 million Thursday to a Massachusetts smoker for the role it found Philip Morris played in her lung cancer. Greene v. Philip Morris, 1581CV01808. 

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Topics: Products Liability, tobacco, Massachusetts, Greene v. Philip Morris

|VIDEO| How Nick Rowley's Voir Dire Questions Blunted Adverse Opinion on Damages

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Sep 26, 2019 2:20:50 PM


A prospective juror that expresses strong opinions on issues adverse to a case can be a critical landmine during voir dire. Such opinions risk swaying other members of the venire. However, during jury selection in a 2018 medical malpractice case, Nick Rowley upended a prospective juror’s pro-tort reform stance when introducing his damages claim. 

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Topics: Medical Malpractice, Washington, Driscoll v. Harrison Medical Center, et al.

Jury Hits Philip Morris With $1.35M Total Verdict in Trial  Over Cancer That Cost Smoker His Larynx

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Sep 25, 2019 3:21:47 PM

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Miami, FL— Philip Morris was slapped with a $1.35 million total verdict this week for the role jurors found the company played in a Florida smoker’s throat cancer. Alvarez Del Real v. Philip Morris, 2007-CA-032909. 

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Topics: Products Liability, tobacco, Engle Progeny, Florida, Alvarez Del Real v. Philip Morris

|VIDEO| How Brantley Rowlen's Closing Walk-Through Helped Clear Atlanta-Area Jazz Club in $2M Slip-and-Fall Trial

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Sep 20, 2019 1:22:04 PM



Slip-and-fall cases involving a static condition often hinge on whether the condition was in plain view, and thus, what the plaintiff reasonably could be expected to see. In a trip-and-fall case involving a woman injured at a metro Atlanta jazz club, Brantley Rowlen’s closing argument walk-through helped clear the club against a $2 million claim.  

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Topics: Premises Liability, Georgia, Spencer-Smith v. Cafe 290