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Florida Jury Returns $14.5 Million Verdict For Woman Smoker With Oral Cavity Cancer
Posted on 24 Jul 2015 by Maureen McGuire

MIAMI — (Mealey’s) A Florida state court jury awarded $14.5 million July 23 to a woman who alleged that her oral cavity cancer was caused by her 30 years of smoking cigarettes manufactured by Philip Morris USA Inc. ( Carmenza Merino v. Philip... Read More

11th Circuit: More Inquiry Into Engle Jury's Finding Needed
Posted on 22 Jul 2010 by Gerald C. Matics

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... Read More

Florida Jury Awards Smoker $26 Million In COPD Suit Against Philip Morris
Posted on 16 Sep 2014 by Maureen McGuire

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... Read More

Florida Jury Awards $250,000 In Post-Engle Punitive Damages
Posted on 14 Feb 2011 by Michael Lefkowitz

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... Read More

Florida Jury Awards $11 Million To Former Smoker With COPD (Watch The Opening And Closing Statements Video Excerpts)
Posted on 5 Aug 2015 by Maureen McGuire

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A Florida state court jury on Aug. 3 awarded $3.2 million in punitive damages to a woman who alleged that her years of smoking caused her to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that resulted... Read More

Florida Jury Awards 2nd Post-Engle Smoker Verdict, $86,000
Posted on 17 Feb 2011 by Michael Lefkowitz

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... Read More

Liggett Announces $110 Million Settlement Of Florida Tobacco Litigation
Posted on 24 Oct 2013 by Michael Lefkowitz

MIAMI — (Mealey’s) The nation’s third largest tobacco manufacturer announced Oct. 23 that it will pay $110 million to settle thousands of Engle progeny tobacco litigation cases asserting death and injury in Florida state and federal... Read More

Florida Judge Grants Mistrial In Latest Engle Progeny Tobacco Case
Posted on 12 May 2010 by Gerald C. Matics

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... Read More

Smoker Wasn't Addicted, Fla. Jury Finds In Awarding Verdict To Tobacco Companies
Posted on 7 Oct 2010 by Gerald C. Matics

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... Read More

Florida Jury: Philip Morris Not Negligent; Plaintiff Did Not Show Reliance
Posted on 15 Nov 2010 by Michael Lefkowitz

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... Read More

Florida Smoker's Widow Gets $2.2 Million In Compensatory Damages; Punitives To Follow
Posted on 6 Aug 2010 by Gerald C. Matics

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... Read More

Florida Supreme Court Upholds $2.5 Million Verdict In Engle Tobacco Case
Posted on 14 Mar 2013 by Michael Lefkowitz

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - (Mealey's) Florida's Supreme Court on March 14 affirmed, with one dissent, a trial court's application of its landmark decision in Engle v. Liggett Group, Inc. (945 So. 2d 1246 [Fla. 2006]) [ enhanced version available... Read More

Florida Jury Awards $1 Million To Estate Of Longtime Smoker Who Died Of Lung Cancer (Watch The Opening, Closing Statements Videos)
Posted on 7 Aug 2015 by Maureen McGuire

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A state court jury awarded $1,028,000 Aug. 7 to the estate of a woman who developed constructive obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer after 52 years of smoking ( Lillian Kaplan v. R.J. Reynolds... Read More

$30 Million Verdict In Engle Progeny Suit Survives Florida Appeal
Posted on 14 Dec 2010 by Michael Lefkowitz

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... Read More

Florida Smoker's Addiction Didn't Cause Disease, Death, Jury Finds
Posted on 5 Oct 2010 by Gerald C. Matics

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... Read More