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Trial Opens Against RJR Over Former Smoker's Bladder Cancer

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Jan 5, 2022 12:10:03 PM

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Tampa, FL— Trial opened Monday against R.J. Reynolds over the bladder cancer a Florida man developed after decades of smoking, with attorneys sparring over what role, if any, tobacco industry messaging played in leading to the disease. Rutkowski v. R.J. Reynolds, 2007-CA-014667. 

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

CVN Tobacco Litigation Roundup for November '21

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Dec 2, 2021 2:02:00 PM

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November saw a full slate of big-ticket tobacco trials in courts across the country. Check out some of the top stories in CVN’s tobacco litigation coverage last month.  

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Topics: tobacco, Engle Progeny, Florida, Massachusetts

Jury Awards $6M in COPD Trial Against R.J. Reynolds

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Nov 24, 2021 2:02:43 PM

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Jacksonville, FL— Jurors last week awarded $6 million to a Florida woman after finding R.J. Reynolds responsible for the respiratory disease she developed after decades of smoking. Wydra v. R.J. Reynolds. 

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

R.J. Reynolds, Philip Morris Prevail at Trial Over Massachusetts Man's Cancer Death

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Nov 19, 2021 12:24:55 PM

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Lowell, MA— Jurors Wednesday cleared the nation’s two largest cigarette makers of responsibility for a Massachusetts man’s throat cancer death after decades of smoking. Babaletos v. R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris, 1881CV03523. 

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Topics: tobacco, Massachusetts, Babaletos v. Philip Morris, et al.

Tobacco Trial Opens With Battle of Timelines Surrounding Ex-Smoker's COPD

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Nov 8, 2021 2:15:22 PM

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Jacksonville, FL— As trial opened last week against R.J. Reynolds over a Florida woman’s respiratory disease, claims surrounding the disease’s onset promise to play a key role in the case. Wydra v. R.J. Reynolds. 

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