Nevada Jury Awards $104 Million In Compensatory, Punitive Damages In Propofol Case

LAS VEGAS - (Mealey's) A Nevada state court jury on Oct. 12 ordered a maker and distributor of generic propofol to pay $90 million in punitive damages in a case in which a plaintiff claimed that he was infected as a result of reusable "jumbo" vials of the general anesthetic ( Michael Washington...

Florida Appeals Court Rules $40.8 Million Award Excessive In Tobacco Case

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - (Mealey's) A Florida appeals court on Feb. 14 overturned a $40.8 million punitive damages verdict in a tobacco wrongful death case as excessive but let stand a $10.8 million award of compensatory damages, the highest so far in Florida tobacco litigation ( R.J. Reynolds Tobacco...

Teva Settles 'Vast Majority' Of Propofol Vial/Hepatitis C Infection Cases In Nevada

NORTH WALES, Pa. - (Mealey's) Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. has agreed to settle "the vast majority" of its propofol vial/hepatitis C cases, a company spokesperson said Feb. 21. Teva did not disclose the amount of the settlement or the number of cases settled. However, the...

Florida Jury Awards Widow Of Smoker $25 Million In Punitive Damages

MIAMI - (Mealey's) A Florida jury on March 6 ordered cigarette maker Lorillard Inc. to pay the widow of a smoker $25 million in punitive damages, one week after the jury awarded her $16 million in compensatory damages ( Dorothy Alexander v. Lorillard Tobacco Co. , No. 07-46830-ca-10, Fla. Cir., 11th...

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Tobacco Verdicts From Florida To Stand

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on March 26 let stand tens of millions of dollars in Florida state court compensatory and punitive damages verdicts against tobacco companies and set the stage for potentially thousands of additional trials ( R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company v. Mathilde...

Florida Appeals Court Vacates $79.2 Million Verdict In Tobacco Death Case

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - (Mealey's) A $79.2 million verdict on behalf of the daughter of a smoker who died from lung cancer was vacated as excessive on April 9 by the First District Florida Court of Appeal ( R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, v. Diane Webb , No. 10-6557, Fla. App., 1st Div.). ( Opinion...

$4 Million In Compensatory Damages Awarded By Connecticut Jury In Prempro Breast Cancer Trial

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - (Mealey's) A Connecticut federal jury on April 18 awarded a plaintiff and her husband $4 million in compensatory damages after finding that the hormone replacement therapy drug Prempro caused the plaintiff's breast cancer ( Margaret B. Fraser, et al. v. Wyeth, Inc., et al....

Utah Federal Jury Awards HRT Breast Cancer Plaintiff $5.1 Million Compensatory Verdict

SALT LAKE CITY - (Mealey's) A Utah federal jury on Sept. 7 awarded a hormone replacement therapy plaintiff $5.1 million in compensatory damages after finding that her breast cancer was caused by Premarin, Provera and Prempro and that manufacturer defendants Wyeth and Pharmacia & Upjohn Co. LLC...

Kentucky Appeals Court Vacates $130 Million Drug-Pricing Verdicts, Says State Was 'Complicit'

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A Kentucky appeals court panel on Oct. 12 vacated verdicts totaling more than $130.7 million against two drug makers for publishing inflated average wholesale prices (AWPs), saying the Kentucky Medicaid program was well aware of the practice and was complicit in the scheme ( Sandoz Inc...

Jury Awards Oregon Veterans $85 Million For C6 Exposure At Restore Iraqi Oil Site

PORTLAND, Ore. - (Mealey's) The Iraq War contractors accused by Oregon National Guard members in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon of exposing them to hexavalent chromium during a Restore Iraqi Oil mission were found liable by a jury under the theory of negligence but not fraud Nov...

Levaquin Compensatory Verdict Affirmed By 8th Circuit; Punitive Verdict Reversed

ST. LOUIS — (Mealey’s) The Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 30 unanimously affirmed denial of judgment as a matter of law or new trial for compensatory damages in the first Levaquin multidistrict litigation bellwether trial but in a 2-1 split said the trial court erred in denying...

California Jury Awards $8.3 Million In 1st Reported DePuy ASR Metal-On-Metal Hip Trial

LOS ANGELES - (Mealey's) A California state court jury on March 8 awarded $8,338,000 in what is believed to be the first trial involving the recalled DePuy ASR XL metal-on-metal hip, according to the parties ( Loren Kransky, et al. v. DePuy, Inc., et al. , No. BC456086, Calif. Super., Los Angeles...

California State Jury Awards $6.5 Million In 1st Actos Bladder Cancer Case To Go To Trial

LOS ANGELES - (Mealey's) A California state court jury on April 26 awarded $6.5 million in the first Actos bladder cancer case to go to trial, according to the parties ( Jack Cooper v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals America Inc. , CGC-12-518535, Calif. Super., Los Angeles Co.). The parties said the jury...

Conn. Federal Judge Awards $1.7 Million In Punitive Damages In Prempro Breast Cancer Case

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — (Mealey’s) Applying Connecticut law governing punitive damages in product liability actions, a Connecticut federal judge on Aug. 5 awarded $1,769,932 to a woman and her husband, who in April 2012 were awarded $4 million in compensatory damages by a jury ( Margaret B. Fraser...

Florida Appeals Court Vacates Punitive Damages, Allows Compensatories, In Tobacco Case

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A Florida appeals court vacated $50,000 in punitive damages in a smoking wrongful death case Aug. 14, but allowed a compensatory damages award of approximately $957,000 to stand ( R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company v. Pamela Ciccone , No. 4D11-3807, Fla. App...

$2 Million, Mostly Punitives, Awarded In Retrial Of 1st Bard MDL Pelvic Mesh Injury Case

CHARLESTON, W. VA. — (Mealey’s) A West Virginia federal jury on Aug. 15 awarded $2 million in compensatory and punitive damages in the first multidistrict litigation bellwether trial involving a pelvic mesh device made by C.R. Bard Inc. ( Donna Cisson, et al. v. C.R. Bard, Inc. , No. 2:11...

Florida Appeals Court Affirms $25 Million In Punitives In Tobacco Death Verdict

MIAMI — (Mealey’s) The Third District Florida Court of Appeal affirmed $25 million in punitive damages to the widow of a smoker Sept. 4, saying the award, which was in addition to $16 million in compensatory damages, was not unconstitutionally excessive ( Lorillard Tobacco Co. v. Dorothy...

U.S. High Court Won’t Hear Arguments That Punitives Are Preempted In Drug Cases

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 7 refused to hear arguments by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. that federal drug regulations and high court precedent preempt the awarding of state law punitive damages in an Aredia/Zometa jaw injury case ( Novartis Pharmaceuticals...

Florida Federal Jury Awards $2.5 Million To Smoker With Lung Disease

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A Florida federal jury awarded $5 million in compensatory damages May 15 to a woman who said three companies’ cigarettes caused chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, but the jury assigned 50 percent of the fault to the plaintiff ( Pauline Burkhart, et...

Florida Federal Jury Adds $2.5M In Punitive Damages For Smoker With Lung Disease

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A Florida federal jury added $2.5 million in punitive damages Friday to $2.5 million in compensatory damages it had awarded May 15 to a woman who said three companies’ cigarettes caused chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ( Pauline Burkhart, et al....

Florida Jury Awards $23 Billion In Punitives To Smoker’s Family

PENSACOLA, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A Florida state court jury on July 18 ordered R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. to pay more than $23.6 billion in punitive damages to the family of a man who alleged that his death from lung cancer was caused by smoking ( Cynthia Robinson, et al. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco...

Florida Jury Awards $450,000 In Punitives To Daughter of Smoker (Watch The Closing Statement Videos)

BRONSON, Fla. — (Mealey’s) The daughter of a smoker who died of lung cancer was awarded $450,000 in punitive damages Nov. 12 by a jury in Florida’s Eighth Judicial Circuit Court in a trial limited to the redetermination of damages following the striking of an earlier award of almost...

Jury Awards $26.7 Million To 4 Women In Boston Scientific Pelvic Mesh MDL Trial

MIAMI — (Mealey’s) A federal jury in Florida on Nov. 13 awarded four women a total of $26.7 million in a multidistrict litigation trial involving Boston Scientific Corp.’s Pinnacle Pelvic Floor Repair Kit pelvic mesh repair device ( Amal Eghnayem, et al. v. Boston Scientific Corporation...

W.Va. Jury Finds Spoliation Of Evidence, Awards $155,000 Against Actos Manufacturer Takeda

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — (Mealey’s) A West Virginia state court jury on Nov. 17 found that Actos is not unsafe and that manufacturer Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. was not negligent in the case of a man who developed bladder cancer while taking the diabetes drug, but the panel did find spoliation...

DLA Piper: $185 Million Punitive Damages for Pregnancy Discrimination: What Led to the Largest Single-Plaintiff Employment Award?

By: Joseph Domenick Guarino and Kevin Connelly Rosario Juarez worked at AutoZone but now can buy 1 percent of its total market capitalization. Juarez began as a retail salesperson in San Diego in 2000. She was promoted to Parts Sales Manager but was unsuccessful in seeking advancement to store...