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...

Philip Morris USA Sues New York and New Jersey Retailers Selling Counterfeit Cigarettes

RICHMOND, Va. — Philip Morris USA (PM USA) filed lawsuits March 1 against eight retailers for selling counterfeit versions of the company’s Marlboro brand cigarettes in New York and New Jersey. These lawsuits are part of the company’s ongoing efforts to stop the sale of counterfeit...

Florida Jury Finds Philip Morris Not Liable In Latest Engle Progeny Trial

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - (Mealey's) A Florida jury on May 19th found cigarette manufacturer Philip Morris is not liable for the death of a longtime smoker, marking the third defense victory among Engle progeny trials to date ( Elsie Gil de Rubio, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Raymond Gil...

Philip Morris USA Sues Retailer For Allegedly Selling Counterfeit Cigarettes

RICHMOND, Va. - Philip Morris USA (PM USA) on July 8 filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York against Mastic, N.Y.-based G Talks Smoke Shop for allegedly selling counterfeit versions of the company's Marlboro brand cigarettes ( Philip Morris USA Inc. v. Williams...

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. ...

Tobacco Firms Sue FDA Over New Graphic Warnings

COLUMBIA, S.C. - (AP) Four of the five largest U.S. tobacco companies sued the federal government Tuesday over new graphic cigarette labels that include the sewn-up corpse of a smoker and a picture of diseased lungs, saying the warnings violate their free speech rights and will cost millions of dollars...

$1.9M Tobacco Verdict Reversed By Florida Appeals Court On Statute Of Limitations

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - (Mealey's) A Florida state appeals court panel on Feb. 22 reversed a $1.9 million tobacco death judgment against Philip Morris USA Inc., saying that a jury's answer about when a deceased plaintiff knew about her injury meant that the plaintiff missed the state's four...

Punitive Damages Award Vacated On Repose Statute In Tobacco Death Case

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - (Mealey's) The $5 million punitive damages portion of what was originally an $8 million verdict has been vacated by a Florida appeals court, which found May 2 that the reliance required for the fraudulent concealment claim on which the punitive damages award was based was...

Judge Orders Tobacco Companies To Advertise Risks Of Smoking

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A District of Columbia federal judge on Nov. 27 released the language tobacco companies will be required to include in corrective statements in newspaper and television advertisements, on their websites and in cigarette packaging to counteract what the judge found to...

Florida Appeals Court Strikes Punitive Damages, Orders Remittitur On Others In Tobacco Case

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - (Mealey's) A Florida appeals court conditionally struck $5 million in punitive damages from a tobacco wrongful death suit June 12 and directed a trial judge to grant remittitur on $15 million in survivors' consortium claims ( Philip Morris USA Inc., et al. v. Sharon Putney...

Florida Federal Jury Finds Former Smoker Did Not Meet Engle Class Standard

MIAMI — (Mealey’s) A federal jury in Florida found for Philip Morris USA Inc. and Lorillard Group LLC Oct. 29 and against the estate of a smoker who died of lung cancer in 2001 ( Ronnie L. Jacobson, et al. v. Philip Morris USA Inc., et al. , No. 1:12-cv-23781, S.D. Fla.). ( Verdict slip...

Illinois Appeals Court Reinstates $10 Billion ‘Light’ Cigarettes Verdict

MOUNT VERNON, Ill. — (Mealey’s) A $10.1 billion consumer fraud verdict stemming from Philip Morris USA Inc.’s marketing of “light” cigarettes was reinstated April 29 by Illinois' Fifth District Appellate Court ( Sharon Price, et al. v. Philip Morris Inc. , No. 5-13-0017...

Florida Jury Awards Smoker $26 Million In COPD Suit Against Philip Morris

FORT MYERS, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A jury in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida on Sept. 16 awarded $20 million in punitive damages to a woman who alleged that her chronic pulmonary obstructive disease (COPD) was caused by her years of smoking ( Judith Berger v. Philip...

Florida Jury Awards Smoker’s Family $3M, Will Consider Punitive Damages Next (Watch Closing Arguments Video Excerpts)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A jury in Florida’s Fourth Judicial Circuit Court for Duval County on Nov. 24 awarded a total of $3,094,000 to the family of a woman who alleged that her death from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was caused by her 35 years of smoking ( Andy...