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Florida Jury Awards Smoker's Widow $4.5 Million But Splits Blame
Posted on 14 Apr 2011 by Michael Lefkowitz

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A Florida jury awarded $4.5 million to the 87-year-old widow of a longtime smoker April 13, but tempered her eventual compensation by assigning nearly half of the responsibility to the decedent ( Mary Tullo v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco... Read More

Florida Jury Awards $13 Million To Widow Of Longtime Smoker (Watch The Videos)
Posted on 26 Mar 2015 by Maureen McGuire

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... Read More

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

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

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

Deceased Smoker’s Daughter Testifies About His Smoking In Florida Wrongful Death Case (Watch The Video)
Posted on 21 Aug 2014 by Maureen McGuire

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla — (Mealey’s) The daughter of a deceased smoker testified in a wrongful death action in state court Aug. 19 that her father “was always smoking” and “was always trying to quit” ( Heather Irimi, et... Read More

Florida Jury Awards $1.5 Million To Smoker’s Widower, Begins Considering Punitive Damages (Watch Video Excerpts Of The Closing Statements)
Posted on 14 Jul 2015 by Maureen McGuire

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A Florida state court jury on July 13 awarded $1.5 million to the widower of a woman who died of lung cancer after years of smoking ( John McCoy, et al. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., et al. , No. 2008-CV... Read More

Tobacco Companies Say Smoker Was Not Addicted In Florida Case Closings (Watch The Video)
Posted on 28 Aug 2014 by Maureen McGuire

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) Closing statements by attorneys for three tobacco companies wrapped up on Aug. 27 in the Florida 17th Judicial Circuit Court for Broward County in a suit alleging that a longtime smoker’s death in March... 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 $776,000 To Widow Of Smoker Who Died Of COPD (Watch The Closing Argument Videos)
Posted on 19 Jun 2015 by Maureen McGuire

MIAMI — (Mealey’s) A Florida state court jury awarded $776,000 June 18 to the widow of a man who died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) after more than 50 years of smoking ( Joyce Hardin, et al. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.,... 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