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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

Florida Jury Awards $21 Million To Widow Of Smoker With Lung Cancer (Watch Closing Arguments Video Excerpts)
Posted on 19 Nov 2014 by Maureen McGuire

MIAMI — (Mealey’s) A jury in Florida’s 11th Judicial Circuit Court returned a $21 million verdict Nov. 18 for the widow of a man who died of lung cancer after smoking for 45 years ( Diane Schleider, et al. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co... Read More

Deceased Smoker’s Daughter Testifies About Quitting Smoking Attempts In Florida Case (Watch The Video)
Posted on 22 Aug 2014 by Maureen McGuire

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.— (Mealey’s) The daughter of a deceased smoker testified in a wrongful death action in Florida’s 17th Judicial Court for Broward County Florida on Aug. 20 that her father was unable to quit smoking because he was... 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 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

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

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 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 $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

Closing Arguments Center On ‘Addiction’ Issue In Florida Smoking Case (Watch the Video)
Posted on 27 Aug 2014 by Maureen McGuire

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) Closing arguments got under way Aug. 26 in Florida’s 17th Judicial Circuit Court for Broward County in a suit alleging that a longtime smoker’s March 2013 death was caused by smoking cigarettes... 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

Mealey’s PI/Product Liability — Plaintiff, Tobacco Companies Outline Evidence In Florida Laryngeal Cancer Case
Posted on 12 Aug 2014 by Maureen McGuire

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) Plaintiff and defense attorneys on Aug. 11 laid out the evidence they expect to present to a jury in the Broward County, Fla., 17th Circuit Court in a suit alleging that a 62-year-old woman’s laryngeal... 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

Florida Jury Returns Verdict For Reynolds, Philip Morris In COPD Suit (Watch The Closing Arguments Videos)
Posted on 23 Apr 2015 by Maureen McGuire

MIAMI — (Mealey’s) A Florida state court jury returned a defense verdict April 23 in a suit alleging that a woman’s chronic pulmonary disease (COPD) and death were caused by her more than 30 years of smoking cigarettes manufactured by... Read More