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Judge Declares Mistrial Due to Plaintiff's Death in Case Against Philip Morris and RJR

Posted by Arlin Crisco on May 16, 2019 10:10:37 AM

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Vero Beach, FL— A Florida state court judge Monday declared a mistrial eight days into trial against the nation’s two largest tobacco firms, following the death of the plaintiff in the case. Collar v. R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris, 2011-CA-000115.

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

RJR Cleared, PM Assigned a Fraction of Fault for Smoker's Cancer & COPD, Likely Slashing $1.6M Verdict

Posted by Arlin Crisco on May 3, 2019 2:19:36 PM

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Fort Lauderdale, FL— A Florida state court jury Thursday handed down a $1.6 million-plus verdict for the respiratory disease and cancer it found a Florida woman suffered because of Philip Morris-brand cigarettes. However, the verdict apportioned the lion’s share of blame to the smoker herself, likely reducing the post-verdict award. Zingaro v. Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds, 2007-CV-036438.

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Topics: tobacco, Engle Progeny, Florida, Zingaro v. Philip Morris, et al.

After Week-Long Break, Closings Expected in Cancer Trial Against Philip Morris & RJR

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Apr 26, 2019 1:29:02 PM

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Fort Lauderdale, FL— After a week-long break in proceedings, closings are expected early next week at trial against the country's two largest cigarette makers for the respiratory disease and cancer a Florida woman says she developed after years of smoking. Zingaro v. Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds, 2007-CV-036438.

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Topics: tobacco, Engle Progeny, Florida, Zingaro v. Philip Morris, et al.

Jurors Award $400K in Cancer Claim Against RJR, Find Smoker 75% at Fault

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Apr 19, 2019 12:12:59 PM

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Quincy, FL— A Florida jury Thursday handed down a $400,000 verdict against R.J. Reynolds for its role in a smoker’s lung cancer death, but apportioned the lion’s share of responsibility to the smoker himself, which will likely slash the award. Russ v. R.J. Reynolds, 2008-CA-000931. 

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

Attorneys Argue Cause of Smoker's Stroke, as Trial Begins Against Philip Morris

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Apr 12, 2019 3:21:07 PM

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Miami, FL—Attorneys debated what caused the massive stroke a Florida man suffered after decades of smoking, as trial opened Tuesday against Philip Morris. Olsen v. Philip Morris, 2007-CA-047124.

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