Massachusetts Jury Hears Openings in Wrongful Death Tobacco Trial Against RJR & Grocery Chain

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Mar 14, 2019 3:47:17 PM

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Dedham, MA—A Massachusetts nurse who died from lung cancer was the victim of dangerous cigarette design and a scheme to undermine evidence of smoking’s risks, an attorney for the nurse’s family told jurors Tuesday, as trial began against R.J. Reynolds and a New England grocery chain. Lagadimas v. R.J. Reynolds, et al., 1582-CV-01474.

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Topics: tobacco, Massachusetts

BREAKING: Boston Jury Hits RJR With $43.1M Verdict in Cancer Trial, Clears Philip Morris & Auto Parts Co.

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Oct 12, 2018 11:00:00 AM

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Update 10/12/18: A Massachusetts state court jury Friday afternoon awarded the family of a former brake worker $43.1 million after finding R.J. Reynolds liable for his lung cancer death, but jurors cleared Philip Morris and an auto parts company of responsibility. 

The verdict, reached after four days of deliberations, includes $13.1 million in compensatory damages for the 2015 death of Lous Summerlin and $30 million in punitives imposed against Reynolds. 

Boston—Jurors entered their fourth day of deliberations Friday at trial over claims the nation’s two biggest cigarette makers and an auto parts company are responsible for a Massachusetts man’s fatal cancer. Summerlin v. Philip Morris, et al., 1581CV05255.

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Topics: Asbestos, tobacco, Massachusetts, Summerlin v. Philip Morris

Hearing Leads to Accord, Answers on Viacom Control & Sumner Redstone's Empire

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Aug 26, 2016 9:50:43 PM

Canton, MA—At the urging of a Probate and Family Court judge, parties battling over the future of Sumner Redstone's $40 billion media empire took a break from a Friday pre-trial hearing and returned announcing they’d made strides toward a deal that could ultimately resolve the tangle of disputes between them. Dauman v. Redstone, 16-E0020.

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Topics: Dauman v. Redstone, Massachusetts