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Izzarelli v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 95942 (D. Conn., 2011)
Posted on 30 Aug 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company was denied a new trial or judgment as a matter of law after a 37-year-old smoker with larynx cancer was awarded $11,952,539 against it on claims of strict liability and negligence. The "heightened addictive properties... Read More

Scalia's Pro-Tobacco Order Tossed By Supreme Court
Posted on 5 Jul 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia exercised a rarely used power last fall to let Philip Morris USA and three other big tobacco companies delay making multimillion-dollar payments for a program to help people quit smoking. Scalia... Read More

Connecticut Smoker Awarded $4 Million More In Tobacco Lawsuit
Posted on 3 Jan 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - (AP) A Connecticut smoker who won $8 million against a tobacco company in May, the first such jury award in New England, has been awarded $4 million in punitive damages and stands to get millions more in interest. Barbara Izzarelli... Read More

Tobacco Companies Make Payments Under Master Settlement Agreement
Posted on 19 Apr 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

RICHMOND, Va. - (AP) The nation's top cigarette companies said Friday they have made their payments as part of the 25-year settlement in which some cigarette makers are paying states for smoking-related health care costs. Philip Morris USA, the nation's... Read More

Connecticut Smoker Gets Another $15.7M Against R.J. Reynolds
Posted on 3 Mar 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - (AP) A federal judge has awarded nearly $16 million in interest to a smoker who already had won $12 million against a tobacco company in the first such jury award in New England. Judge Stefan Underhill awarded about $15.7 million to... Read More

Tobacco Firms Sue FDA Over New Graphic Warnings
Posted on 18 Aug 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

COLUMBIA, S.C. - (AP) Four of the five largest U.S. tobacco companies sued the federal government Tuesday over new graphic cigarette labels that include the sewn-up corpse of a smoker and a picture of diseased lungs, saying the warnings violate their... 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

Jury Rules For Philip Morris In 1st Federal Post-Engle Trial
Posted on 17 Feb 2012 by Michael Lefkowitz

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - (Mealey's) A Florida federal court jury found for the defense Feb. 16 in the first federal tobacco trial based on the Florida Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Engle v. Liggett Group, Inc. (945 So.2d 1246 [Fla. Sup. 2006... Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Appeal Of $241 Million Tobacco Judgment
Posted on 27 Jun 2011 by Michael Lefkowitz

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court has denied tobacco companies' appeal of a Louisiana state court order to fund a $241 million medical monitoring and smoking cessation program, according to a clerk of the court report issued... Read More

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 $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

6th Circuit Upholds Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement
Posted on 23 Feb 2012 by Tom Moylan

CINCINNATI - (Mealey's) The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Feb. 22 affirmed the dismissal of antitrust and constitutional challenges brought by General Tobacco to the national tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) between tobacco manufacturers... Read More

Federal Judge Blocks Graphic Cigarette Warnings
Posted on 4 Nov 2011 by Michael Lefkowitz

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Saying graphic new cigarette pack warnings ordered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration violate companies' First Amendment rights by compelling speech, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia... 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