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Florida Jury Hears Openings In Trial Of Suit Filed By Widower Of Longtime Smoker (Watch The Opening Argument Video Excerpts)
Posted on 25 Jun 2015 by Maureen McGuire

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) Trial got under way in Florida state court on June 23 with opening statements in a suit alleging that a woman’s death from lung cancer and other smoking-related diseases was caused by her addiction... Read More

Plaintiff, Tobacco Companies Lay Out Evidence In Suit By Smoker’s Widow (Watch The Videos)
Posted on 11 Mar 2015 by Maureen McGuire

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... 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 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

Florida Jury Says Smoker Not Addicted, Returns Defense Verdict (Watch Video Excerpts Of The Closing Statements)
Posted on 27 May 2015 by Maureen McGuire

PENSACOLA, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A Florida state court jury returned a defense verdict May 21 in a suit alleging that the death of a former smoker from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), coronary artery disease and peripheral vascular... 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 Awards $450,000 In Punitives To Daughter of Smoker (Watch The Closing Statement Videos)
Posted on 13 Nov 2014 by Maureen McGuire

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... Read More

Florida High Court Says Statute Of Repose Does Not Bar Engle Fraud Claims
Posted on 3 Apr 2015 by Maureen McGuire

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A plaintiff seeking to assert a fraudulent concealment claim in an Engle progeny suit is not required to prove reliance on statements made by the defendant tobacco company within the 12-year statute of repose... Read More

Florida Jury Awards Smoker’s Family $3M, Will Consider Punitive Damages Next (Watch Closing Arguments Video Excerpts)
Posted on 25 Nov 2014 by Maureen McGuire

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... Read More

Florida Jury Awards $23 Billion In Punitives To Smoker’s Family
Posted on 21 Jul 2014 by Maureen McGuire

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... Read More

Smoker’s Widow Nets $26.6 Million Verdict In Latest Post-Engle Tobacco Trial
Posted on 25 Mar 2010 by Gerald C. Matics

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) In the latest setback for the tobacco industry among Engle progeny cases, a Florida jury yesterday awarded $26.6 million to the widow of a smoker who died from lung cancer in 1994 ( Robin Cohen v. R.J. Reynolds... Read More

Florida Ruling Big Tobacco Won Is Coming Back To Bite It
Posted on 21 Feb 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

MIAMI - (AP) A Florida Supreme Court ruling that threw out a $145 billion award against cigarette makers is biting Big Tobacco back, making it dramatically easier for thousands of smokers to sue and turning the state into the nation's hot spot for... Read More