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Norton Rose Fulbright: Former Executives Guilty Of Food Safety Violations

By Megan Fanale Engel and Cori Annapolen Goldberg On September 19th, a federal jury in Albany, GA found three former Peanut Company of America (“PCA”) executives guilty of felony charges related to food safety violations. Stewart Parnell, the former owner of PCA; Mary Wilkerson, the former...

Florida Judge Declares Mistrial In Tobacco Case Because Of Witness Statement (Watch The Videos)

VIERA, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A state court judge sitting in the Brevard County, Fla., 18th Judicial Circuit Court entered a mistrial on Sept. 26 after two weeks of trial in a wrongful death action brought by the widow of a longtime smoker because of a comment made by an expert witness for the...

Parties Dispute Nicotine Addiction Issue In Florida Suit’s Opening Statements (Watch The Videos)

TAMPA, Fla. — (Mealey’s) Trial got under way on Sept. 26 with opening statements in the Hillsborough County, Fla., 13th Judicial Circuit Court in a suit alleging that a woman’s death from lung cancer was caused by her 40 years of smoking ( James Lourie, et al. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco...

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses To Hear ‘Popcorn Lung’ Personal Injury Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 3 denied certiorari in a personal injury case for what is called “popcorn lung” brought against the makers of artificial butter flavoring used in microwave popcorn ( Diacetyl Plaintiffs v. Aaroma Holdings LLC , No. 14...

Parties Offer Opening Statements In Florida Lung Cancer Suit (Watch The Videos)

MIAMI — (Mealey’s) The attorney for the widow of a man who died of lung cancer after smoking for more than 45 years told a jury in the Florida 11th Judicial Court on Oct. 31 that his client’s husband “needed to smoke” because he was addicted to nicotine ( Diane Schleider...

Stryker Rejuvenate/ABG II Hip Implant Litigation Settles For At Least $1.42 Billion

(Mealey's) Howmedica Osteonics Corp. has set aside at least $1.42 billion to pay patients who had to undergo revision surgery as a result of corrosion or fretting of Stryker metal-on-metal Rejuvenate Modular-Neck and ABG II Modular-Neck hip implants, according to settlement documents released Nov...

October 2014 Jury Verdict Round-Up: Top 5 Verdicts And Settlements

During October, the attorney editors on the LexisNexis Jury Verdict team covered several notable personal injury verdicts and settlements from across the country. This informal list of top five cases captured our attention this past month, so we thought you might like to hear about them. If you are interested...

Best Practices: 5 Critical Tasks To Thoroughly Vet Expert Witnesses

Expert Witness White Paper A good expert witness can be crucial to the success of your case. But determining who is right for the role and will perform effectively when called upon can be tricky. This white paper examines the essential steps you should take to ensure that your expert witness helps...

Florida Jury Awards $21 Million To Widow Of Smoker With Lung Cancer (Watch Closing Arguments Video Excerpts)

MIAMI — (Mealey’s) A jury in Florida’s 11th Judicial Circuit Court returned a $21 million verdict Nov. 18 for the widow of a man who died of lung cancer after smoking for 45 years ( Diane Schleider, et al. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. , No. 13-2013-CA-006984, Fla. 11th Jud. Cir., Dade...

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...

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Honda To Pay $70 Million To Settle NHTSA Reporting Violation Claims

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHTSA) announced Jan. 8 that it has entered into a consent order that requires American Honda Co. Inc. to pay $70 million in civil penalties to resolve claims that the...

Florida Jury Cites Lack Of Proof On Causation, Finds For Philip Morris (Watch The Closing Statement Videos)

MIAMI — (Mealey’s) A state court jury returned a defense verdict Jan. 23 in a suit alleging that a longtime smoker’s laryngeal cancer was caused by his use of Marlboro cigarettes manufactured by Philip Morris USA Inc. ( Jose Vila Jr. v. Philip Morris USA Inc. , No. 2013-12833-CA, Fla...

Opening Statements In Florida Negligence Suit Center On Corporation’s Liability (Watch The Videos)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — (Mealey’s) The liability of a corporation that offers membership in a plan providing concierge medical care for negligence on the part of an affiliated doctor was the topic of opening statements Jan. 22 in a suit by the widower of a plan member who alleged that blood...

Counsel For Smoker, Tobacco Companies Spar Over Addiction Issue In Florida Suit (Watch The Videos)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) The “lies and deceit” of the tobacco industry caused longtime smoker Edward Caprio to become addicted to cigarettes that led to his lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Caprio’s attorney told a Florida state court...

Florida Jury Awards $8.5 Million To Woman’s Estate For Leg Amputation (Watch The Closing Argument Videos)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A state court jury Feb. 10 found that a physician and the concierge medical care plan with which he was associated are liable to the estate of a plan member who alleged that a blood clot in her leg went undiagnosed for almost a month, causing her to undergo...

Jury Returns Partial Verdict For Smoker In Florida Tobacco Case (Watch The Closing Argument Videos)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A Florida state court judge accepted a partial jury verdict in a suit against four tobacco companies Feb. 24 amid calls for a mistrial from the defendants after the jury reported that it could not reach agreement on all questions on the verdict form ( Edward...

Plaintiffs, Tobacco Companies Reach Aggregate Settlement In 415 Smoking Cases

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A federal judge issued a stay of proceedings in 415 Engle progeny cases Feb. 25 after the plaintiffs agreed to a $100 million aggregate settlement with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Philip Morris USA Inc. and Lorillard Tobacco Co. ( In re: Engle Progeny Cases...

Payment Of Attorneys For Defending Fee Requests Debated In Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) There is no basis in the law for categorically denying payment to lawyers for successfully defending their fee applications in bankruptcy cases, attorney Aaron M. Streett of Texas law firm Baker Botts LLP told the U.S. Supreme Court Feb. 25 in a case in which...

Trial Gets Under Way In Suit Alleging 2-Point Seat Belt Caused Paralysis

NASHVILLE, N.C. — (Mealey’s) Opening statements wrapped up March 3 in a suit alleging that the failure of Ford Motor Co. to include a three-point seat belt for center rear passengers in its 1999 model year Escort caused a teenager to become paralyzed when the car in which he was riding was...

Jury Hears Opening Statements In Suit Over Infant’s Brain Injury

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — (Mealey’s) Trial got under way March 4 with opening statements in the Florida 15th District Circuit Court for Palm Beach County in a suit alleging that injuries suffered by a now-17-year-old boy resulted from the unnecessary use of vacuum extraction during his March...

Plaintiff, Tobacco Companies Lay Out Evidence In Suit By Smoker’s Widow (Watch The Videos)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) Trial got under way March 9 in the Florida 17th Judicial Court for Broward County with opening statements in a suit alleging that the death of a lung cancer sufferer was caused by his years of smoking ( Rose Pollari, et al. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.,...

McNeil Pleads Guilty, Pays $25M For Making Adulterated Children’s Medicines

PHILADELPHIA — (Mealey’s) The McNeil-PPC Inc. subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson on March 10 pleaded guilty to a federal misdemeanor criminal charge of making adulterated children’s over-the-counter medicines and agreed to pay a criminal fine and forfeiture totaling $25 million ( United...

GM, Parents Of Woman Killed In Ignition-Switch Crash Reach Settlement

MARIETTA, Ga. — (Mealey’s) An attorney for the parents of a woman who died in an auto accident linked to an ignition-switch defect said in a telephone press conference March 16 that a confidential settlement reached with General Motors LLC (GM) on March 13 could lead to a global settlement...

Florida Jury Awards $13 Million To Widow Of Longtime Smoker (Watch The Videos)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A Florida state court jury awarded $3 million in punitive damages March 25 to the widow of a man who died of lung cancer after smoking for approximately 50 years ( Rose Pollari, et al. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., et al. , No. 14-001563CA19, Fla. 17th Jud...