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Jury Awards $9.2M, Plus Punitives TDB, in Same-Sex Spouse's Wrongful Death Case Against Philip Morris and RJR

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Nov 8, 2019 6:47:11 PM

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Fort Lauderdale, FL— In what is likely Florida's first wrongful death tobacco case brought by a same-sex surviving spouse to go to trial, jurors Thursday awarded $9.2 million in compensatory damages, and found punitives potentially warranted, for the role they found Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds played in a smoker’s death. Caprio v. Philip Morris, 2007-CV-036719. 

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

R.J. Reynolds Prevails at Trial Over Camel & Kool Smoker's Fatal Cancer

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Oct 25, 2019 11:50:22 AM

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Stuart, FL— A Florida state court jury Thursday cleared R.J. Reynolds of responsibility for a long-time smoker’s cancer death. Delancy v. R.J. Reynolds, 2008-CA-000067. 

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

|VIDEO| How Eric Rosen's Closing Rebuttal Helped Deliver an 8-Figure Tobacco Award

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Oct 11, 2019 3:31:00 PM


With widespread knowledge of smoking’s dangers today, plaintiffs’ attorneys in tobacco cases often face a high hurdle when arguing why a smoker from decades ago may not have understood smoking’s risks, or quit in time to avoid disease. That hurdle can be even be even higher when the smoker at the heart of the case started as an adult. But in a recent trial against R.J. Reynolds, Eric Rosen’s memorable rebuttal on closings overcame those issues to help key an 8-figure win for the family of a woman who began smoking in her 30s. 

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

$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

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