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Jury Awards $3.75M in Trial Against RJR Over "Greatest Generation" Smoker's Fatal COPD

Posted by Arlin Crisco on May 17, 2019 9:42:46 AM

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Tampa, FL— R.J. Reynolds was hit with a $3.75 million verdict this week for the part jurors found the company played in a Florida woman’s fatal respiratory disease. Durrance-Jones v. R.J. Reynolds, 2008-CA-009036.

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Topics: Durrance v. R.J. Reynolds

R.J. Reynolds Avoids Liability for Smoker's COPD Death as Jurors Declare Suit Time Barred

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Feb 8, 2017 12:57:51 PM

Kevin Boyce tells jurors Totsie Fleming knew or should have known she had smoking-related respiratory disease on or before May 5, 1990, a statutory cutoff date for her family's action against cigarette maker R.J. Reynolds. Jurors Wednesday found the suit time barred. 


Sebring, FL—R.J. Reynolds Wednesday prevailed in a suit by the family of a Florida woman who died from respiratory disease after smoking for 60 years, as jurors declared the claim time barred. Durrance v. R.J. Reynolds, 11-26-GCS. 

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

Medical Issues Force Mistrial in COPD Case Against R.J. Reynolds

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Jun 3, 2016 10:00:35 AM

Kevin Boyce delivers the opening statement for R.J. Reynolds at trial over the COPD death of Totsie Fleming, a smoker for 60 years. Judge John Kest decalred a mistrial in the case Tuesday because Boyce suffered unexpected health problems. 

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Topics: Negligence, Products Liability, tobacco, Florida, Durrance v. R.J. Reynolds