Judge Cuts $300 Million Smoker Lawsuit Award To $39 Million

MIAMI – (AP) Concluding a jury was moved by emotion rather than hard evidence, a judge on Wednesday reduced $300 million in damages awarded to a Florida smoker against Philip Morris USA to nearly $39 million. Broward Circuit Judge Jeffrey Streitfeld ruled jurors in November granted 61-year...

Smoker’s Widow Nets $26.6 Million Verdict In Latest Post-Engle Tobacco Trial

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) In the latest setback for the tobacco industry among Engle progeny cases, a Florida jury yesterday awarded $26.6 million to the widow of a smoker who died from lung cancer in 1994 ( Robin Cohen v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., et al. , No. 07-11515, Fla. Cir...

Florida Judge Grants Mistrial In Latest Engle Progeny Tobacco Case

BRADENTON, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A Florida judge granted a mistrial May 12 in an Engle progeny tobacco trial, two days after the cigarette company defendants questioned his actions in holding a private, off-the-record discussion with the jury after it had begun deliberations; it was not immediately...

Fla. Jury Awards Smoker With Emphysema $24M In Post-Engle Plaintiff Win

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - (Mealey's) A Florida jury awarded a woman suffering from smoking-caused emphysema more than $24 million July 8 in the latest Engle progeny win for the plaintiffs after finding that she was addicted to cigarettes and that her addiction led directly to her disease ( Ellen Tate...

11th Circuit: More Inquiry Into Engle Jury's Finding Needed

ATLANTA - (Mealey's) Florida federal courts presiding over Engle progeny cases must do more work to identify precisely what the Phase I trial findings of the Engle jury mean before deciding the extent to which they have res judicata effect in establishing elements of the individual plaintiffs'...

Florida Smoker's Widow Gets $2.2 Million In Compensatory Damages; Punitives To Follow

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - (Mealey's) A Florida jury on Aug. 5 awarded $2.2 million in compensatory damages against a pair of tobacco companies to the widow of a smoker who died of small-cell lung cancer attributed to its products, finding that the smoker's addiction was the legal cause of his death...

Verdict Goes RJR’s Way In Latest Engle Progeny Trial

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - (Mealey's) On Aug. 26, a Florida jury returned a verdict of no liability for a cigarette company that was sued by the son of a deceased smoker in the latest Engle progeny case, one of only a handful of defense verdicts to date ( Jason Budnick v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. ...

Florida Smoker's Addiction Didn't Cause Disease, Death, Jury Finds

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - (Mealey's) A Florida jury found Oct. 4 that a pair of tobacco companies were not responsible for the disease and death of a longtime smoker, despite finding that she was addicted to cigarettes; the victory is one of only a handful for the tobacco industry since the Engle progeny...

Smoker Wasn't Addicted, Fla. Jury Finds In Awarding Verdict To Tobacco Companies

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Jurors in a Florida circuit court on Oct. 6 capped a retrial in an Engle progeny case with a defense verdict, finding that the plaintiff was not addicted to smoking the defendant tobacco companies' cigarettes; the verdict extends a recent string of victories for the defendants...

Florida Jury: Philip Morris Not Negligent; Plaintiff Did Not Show Reliance

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- (Mealey's) A Florida circuit court jury handed Philip Morris USA its sixth straight victory in an Engle progeny case Nov. 12, finding that the plaintiffs did not show reliance on the part of the decedent or negligence on the part of the company ( Maria J. Espinosa v. Philip...

$80 Million Verdict Halts Industry's Streak In Engle Progeny Trials

BRONSON, Fla. - (Mealey's) The tobacco industry's eight-verdict winning streak in Engle progeny cases came to an abrupt halt on Nov. 15 in a Florida state court with an $80 million verdict on behalf of the daughter of a smoker who died from lung cancer after smoking cigarettes made by R.J. Reynolds...

$30 Million Verdict In Engle Progeny Suit Survives Florida Appeal

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - (Mealey's) A $30 million verdict to the widow of a longtime smoker of Lucky Strikes, the largest post- Engle verdict when it was announced, was affirmed Dec. 14 in a Florida appeals court ( R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company v. Matilde C. Martin , No. 1D09-4934, Fla. App., 1st Dist...

Florida Jury Awards $250,000 In Post-Engle Punitive Damages

TAMPA, Fla. -- After awarding $100,000 in compensatory damages to a longtime smoker who had his larynx and part of his tongue removed as a result of laryngeal cancer, a Florida jury on Feb. 11 added $250,000 in punitive damages against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in a post- Engle case ( Leroy Kirkland...

Florida Jury Awards 2nd Post-Engle Smoker Verdict, $86,000

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- For the second time in a week, a Florida jury on Feb. 15 found for a post- Engle tobacco plaintiff but issued a relatively small award of compensatory damages ( Despinda Hatziyannakis, as Personal Representative of Christos Hatziyannakis v. Philip Morris USA, Inc., et al. , No...

Florida Ruling Big Tobacco Won Is Coming Back To Bite It

MIAMI - (AP) A Florida Supreme Court ruling that threw out a $145 billion award against cigarette makers is biting Big Tobacco back, making it dramatically easier for thousands of smokers to sue and turning the state into the nation's hot spot for damage awards. The 2006 ruling has helped . . . ...