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$540K Verdict + Potential Punitives at Trial Against RJR Over Smoker's Lung Disease

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Jun 11, 2021 12:02:18 PM

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West Palm Beach, FL— Jurors Thursday awarded more than $540,000 to the family of a Florida man whose respiratory disease they found was caused by smoking R.J. Reynolds cigarettes, and they concluded punitive damages were potentially warranted against the tobacco giant for its part in causing the disease. Spurlock v. R.J. Reynolds, 2007-CA-023631.

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

Philip Morris Prevails in First In-Person, Florida State Court Tobacco Trial Since COVID-19 Shutdown

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Apr 7, 2021 5:56:25 PM

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Update: This article has been updated from an earlier version to reflect the jury verdict in favor of Philip Morris.

Miami, FL — Jurors late last week cleared Philip Morris of responsibility for the stroke a long-time smoker suffered, concluding Florida's first in-person, state court tobacco trial since the coronavirus pandemic emptied jury boxes a year ago. Olsen v. Philip Morris, 2017-CA-017150. 

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

Florida Appeals Court Throws Out $15.5M Award for Smoker's Throat Cancer Death

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Jan 19, 2021 2:21:27 PM


Tallahassee, FL— A Florida state appeals court last week reversed a $15.5 million total award in a case against R.J. Reynolds over the throat cancer death of a long-time smoker. 

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Topics: tobacco, Engle Progeny, Florida, Bessent-Dixon v. R.J. Reynolds

$7.25M Verdict Against RJR Upheld by Florida Appeals Court

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Jul 24, 2020 11:25:45 AM

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Miami, FL— A Florida appellate court last week upheld a $7.25 million award for the heart disease jurors found was caused by a decades-long addiction to R.J. Reynolds cigarettes. 

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

Kenneth Reilly Brings a Slate of Engle Tobacco Trial Firsts to This Week's Card Spotlight

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Jun 18, 2020 2:31:37 PM

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Topics: tobacco, Engle Progeny, Florida