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|VIDEO| CVN Tobacco's Top of '20 (So Far): These Attorneys Keyed a $26M+ Award in Cancer Case Retrial

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Apr 1, 2020 2:21:35 PM

Gary Paige delivers closings that set up the biggest Engle tobacco verdict of the first quarter of 2020. See below for video featuring James Gustafson.


Court closures have paused Florida’s decade-plus-long, Engle-progeny tobacco litigation. However, before courts shut down, the first three months of 2020 had already produced a slate of headline-grabbing verdicts in the cases, spun from a massive class action suit against the nation’s tobacco companies. CVN looks at the top verdicts we’ve covered so far this year.

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Topics: tobacco, Engle Progeny, Florida, Duignan v. RJ Reynolds

Lawyers Argue Over Cause of Smoker's Fatal Cancer, as Trial Starts Against Philip Morris

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Mar 6, 2020 1:38:06 PM

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Miami, FL— Attorneys Friday argued over who bore fault for the lung cancer that killed a 55-year-old Florida smoker, as trial opened against Philip Morris.  Lipp v. Philip Morris, 2017-CA-018509.

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

R.J. Reynolds Hit With $12.5M Verdict at Trial Over COPD-Related Death of Former Police Officer

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Feb 19, 2020 6:39:33 PM

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Fort Lauderdale, FL— R.J. Reynolds was hit with a $12.5 million verdict Wednesday for the role Florida state court jurors found the company played in the death of a former police officer who smoked for decades. Snyder v. R.J. Reynolds, 2008-CV-019467. 

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

$26.75M Award in Retrial Over Smoker's Death More Than Doubles Original Trial Verdict

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Feb 18, 2020 4:27:29 PM

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St. Petersburg, FL— A Florida state court jury awarded $26.75 million to the family of a Florida smoker after finding the nation’s two largest tobacco companies responsible for his cancer death. Duignan v. R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris, 13-010978-CI. 

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Topics: tobacco, Engle Progeny, Florida, Duignan v. RJ Reynolds

R.J. Reynolds Prevails Against $7M+ Claim Over Florida Man's Lung Cancer Death

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Feb 14, 2020 8:29:29 AM

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West Palm Beach, FL— R.J. Reynolds was cleared of fault Wednesday for the cancer that killed a Florida man who had smoked for more than 40 years. Richter v. R.J. Reynolds, 2008-CA-038650. 

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