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Trial Begins Against RJR, Philip Morris Over Smoker's Death After Losing Lung to Cancer

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Feb 15, 2019 11:37:04 AM

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Fort Lauderdale, FL—Attorneys debated what drove a Florida woman to smoke up to two packs a day until cancer cost her a lung, as trial over her death began last week against the nation’s two largest tobacco companies. Mahfuz v. R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris, 2007-CV-036743.

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Topics: Mahfuz v. R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris, Florida, tobacco, Engle Progeny

Jury Slaps RJR With $13.5M Punitive Verdict at Trial Over Smoker's Fatal Throat Cancer

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Feb 8, 2019 1:27:06 PM

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Gainesville, FL— R.J. Reynolds was hit with a $13.5 million punitive verdict Thursday for its part in the throat cancer death of a Florida smoker. Bessent-Dixon v. R.J. Reynolds, 2015-CA-002554. 

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Topics: Bessent-Dixon v. R.J. Reynolds, Florida, Dixon v. R.J. Reynolds, Engle Progeny, tobacco

Jurors Clear RJR at Trial Over $15M+ Claim Nicotine Addiction Killed Vietnam Vet

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Jan 30, 2019 3:42:00 PM

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Bartow, FL— Jurors Friday found R.J. Reynolds was not responsible for the death of a Florida Vietnam vet who smoked up to three packs of cigarettes a day for decades. Russell v. R.J. Reynolds, 2010-CA-005234. 

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

Settlement During Punitive Phase Follows $2M Compensatory Verdict Against RJR for Smoker's Fatal Cancer

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Jan 25, 2019 9:13:12 AM

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New Port Richey, FL— Days after jurors handed down a $2 million compensatory verdict against R.J. Reynolds for its role in a Florida woman’s cancer death, and shortly after punitive proceedings opened in the case Tuesday, the tobacco giant settled with the woman’s family. Kelley v. R.J. Reynolds, 2017CA002490.

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

Lung Cancer Treatment, Smoking-Related COPD Killed Vietnam Vet, Atty Claims in Trial Against RJR

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Jan 17, 2019 1:24:17 PM

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Bartow, FL—A conspiracy to hide the dangers of smoking hooked a Vietnam vet to cigarettes and led to an ultimately fatal combination of respiratory disease and lung cancer, an attorney for the man’s family said last week as trial began against R.J. Reynolds. Russell v. R.J. Reynolds, 2010-CA-005234.

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