Litigation

Recent Posts

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 $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 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

$80 Million Verdict Halts Industry's Streak In Engle Progeny Trials
Posted on 16 Nov 2010 by Michael Lefkowitz

BRONSON, Fla. - (Mealey's) The tobacco industry's eight-verdict winning streak in Engle progeny cases came to an abrupt halt on Nov. 15 in a Florida state court with an $80 million verdict on behalf of the daughter of a smoker who died from lung... 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

$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

Fla. Jury Awards Smoker With Emphysema $24M In Post-Engle Plaintiff Win
Posted on 12 Jul 2010 by Gerald C. Matics

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - (Mealey's) A Florida jury awarded a woman suffering from smoking-caused emphysema more than $24 million July 8 in the latest Engle progeny win for the plaintiffs after finding that she was addicted to cigarettes and that her... Read More

Verdict Goes RJR’s Way In Latest Engle Progeny Trial
Posted on 27 Aug 2010 by Gerald C. Matics

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - (Mealey's) On Aug. 26, a Florida jury returned a verdict of no liability for a cigarette company that was sued by the son of a deceased smoker in the latest Engle progeny case, one of only a handful of defense verdicts to date... 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

Judge Cuts $300 Million Smoker Lawsuit Award To $39 Million
Posted on 5 Mar 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

MIAMI – (AP) Concluding a jury was moved by emotion rather than hard evidence, a judge on Wednesday reduced $300 million in damages awarded to a Florida smoker against Philip Morris USA to nearly $39 million. Broward Circuit Judge Jeffrey ... 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