11th Circuit Issues New Opinion Affirming 2 Small Tobacco Verdicts

11th Circuit Issues New Opinion Affirming 2 Small Tobacco Verdicts

ATLANTA - Instead of taking up R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.'s petition for reconsideration or rehearing, a panel of the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Oct. 31 issued a new opinion sua sponte with the same result - affirming two small verdicts, saying a panel of the 11th Circuit had expanded on a landmark Florida Supreme Court decision governing tobacco trials in the state (Pauline Walker v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., No. 12-13500, George Duke III v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., No. 12-14731, 11th Cir.).

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