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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: 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

Chinese Drywall Manufacturer Agrees To Remediate Homes Affected By Defective Product
Posted on 14 Oct 2010 by Christopher Bauer

NEW ORLEANS -- (Mealey's) The Plaintiffs' Steering Committee (PSC) in the Chinese Drywall multidistrict litigation and defendant Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin (KPT) on Oct. 14 announced a settlement to remediate up to 300 homes in Alabama, Mississippi... Read More

Arguments Heard Over Dismissal Of Lawsuit Challenging Health Care Reform Act
Posted on 15 Sep 2010 by Cheryl Keely

PENSACOLA, Fla. - (Mealey's) Oral arguments were heard Sept. 14 in a Florida federal court to determine whether a lawsuit brought by attorneys general challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) should be dismissed ( State of... Read More

High Court Adopts Recommendations On Interstate Waste Agreement
Posted on 1 Jun 2010 by Samantha Drake

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 1 adopted recommendations by a court-appointed special master in litigation brought by four states and an interstate commission challenging North Carolina's alleged breach of a radioactive... Read More

Florida Jury Awards Smoker $1 Million But Finds Her 70 Percent Liable For Injury
Posted on 9 Apr 2011 by Michael Lefkowitz

DELAND, Fla. - (Mealey's) A Florida circuit court jury awarded $1 million to a 77-year-old Daytona Beach, Fla., woman on April 7 but also found her 70 percent responsible for her lung cancer ( Stella Koballa, et al. v. Philip Morris USA, Inc., et... Read More

Order Declaring Health Care Law Unconstitutional Is Stayed Pending Immediate Appeal
Posted on 4 Mar 2011 by Cheryl Keely

PENSACOLA, Fla. - (Mealey's) A Florida federal judge who declared the federal health care reform law unconstitutional responded March 3 to a federal government motion to clarify by issuing a stay pending an immediate appeal ( State of Florida, et... Read More

Duane Morris LLP: Motion For Sanctions Granted For Failure To Comply With Discovery Obligations To Designate Witness Under FRCP 30(B)6
Posted on 2 Mar 2012 by Duane Morris LLP

Duane Morris recently obtained an order 1 from U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan Goodman in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida granting a motion for sanctions against QBE Insurance Corporation ("QBE") for failure to comply... Read More

Florida Attorneys Join Forces To File Statewide Class Action Against Banner Supply
Posted on 14 Jul 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Florida attorneys Mike Ryan and Ervin Gonzalez have joined forces to file a Florida statewide class action against Banner Supply in Broward County Circuit Court. The complaint alleges that Banner Supply, a major supplier of... Read More

Amended Florida Class Action Complaint Filed In BP Oil Spill Disaster
Posted on 7 May 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A team of nationally known attorneys led by Tallahassee lawyer and Northeastern University Professor P. Tim Howard on May 6 filed an amended complaint in one of the first Florida class action lawsuits over the sinking of the... Read More

Bank Of America To Pay $410M In Overdraft Fee Case
Posted on 7 Feb 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

(AP) Bank of America has agreed to pay $410 million to settle a federal lawsuit alleging the bank charged excessive overdraft fees. The suit is one of several filed against several banks from plaintiffs in 14 states, which were consolidated in a federal... Read More

Atheists Sue Florida City Over Prayers At Meetings
Posted on 13 Jul 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

LAKELAND Fla. - (AP) Atheists in central Florida are suing the city of Lakeland over its practice of opening city commission meetings with prayers. Atheists of Florida filed the lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in Tampa. A federal appeals court has... Read More