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$1.3M Verdict in Tobacco Trial That Raised Questions Over When Punitive Liability Is Triggered

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Sep 23, 2022 3:48:49 PM

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Miami, FL— Jurors this week awarded $1.3 million to the family of a Florida man for the role cigarettes played in his coronary artery disease. But they ultimately declined to award punitive damages in an unusual verdict that touched on questions concerning when punitive liability is triggered in suits stemming from a decertified class action against the nation’s tobacco companies. Levine (Hoffner) v. R.J. Reynolds, et al., 2016-CA-029336.

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Topics: tobacco, Engle Progeny, Florida, Hoffner v. R.J. Reynolds, et al.

Cigarette Design the Key Issue as Wrongful Death Trial Opens Against Philip Morris and RJR

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Sep 14, 2022 4:21:52 PM

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Miami, FL— Attorneys Monday debated whether defective cigarette design caused the lung cancer death of a Florida woman, as trial opened against the nation’s two largest cigarette makers. Mendez v. Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds, 2018-CA-042377. 

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

RJR Hit With $6M Verdict for the COPD Death of Florida Woman

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Sep 9, 2022 12:48:19 PM

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Tampa, FL— Jurors last week handed down a $6 million verdict against R.J. Reynolds for the role it found the tobacco giant played in the respiratory disease-related death of a Florida woman. Wlasiuk v. R.J. Reynolds, 2008-CA-017048. 

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

Jury Delivers $850K Verdict in Tobacco Trial But Apportions Fraction of Blame to Philip Morris

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Aug 29, 2022 2:13:19 PM

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Jacksonville, FL— Jurors last week handed down an $850,000 verdict for the laryngeal cancer death of a long-time Florida smoker, but apportioned only 20% of responsibility to defendant Philip Morris, likely reducing the post-verdict award. Tuttle v. Philip Morris, 2008-CA-000402.

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

Jurors Hand Down $1M Award in Wrongful Death Trial Against RJR

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Jun 24, 2022 12:48:00 PM

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Tampa, FL— A Florida jury handed down a $1 million verdict last week against R.J. Reynolds for the 1997 death of a Florida smoker, but concluded the smoker himself bore the majority of responsibility for his fatal cancer, likely reducing the ultimate damage award. Wyerick v. R.J. Reynolds, 2008-CA-006850.

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