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Jury Awards $71M In Case Alleging Distribution Of Cigarettes To Children
Posted on 15 Dec 2010 by Michael Lefkowitz

BOSTON -- (Mealey's) A Massachusetts jury awarded $71 million in compensatory damages on Dec. 14 to the estate and only son of a woman who said she began smoking free Newport cigarettes handed out in her neighborhood by Lorillard Tobacco Co., according... 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

New Jersey Jury Awards $2M In 1 Accutane Case, Finds For Defense In 2 Others
Posted on 12 Apr 2011 by Tom Moylan

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - (Mealey's) A New Jersey state court jury on April 8 awarded a plaintiff $2.1 million after finding that Hoffman-La Roche Inc.'s acne drug Accutane was a substantial factor in causing her inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and... Read More

Maryland Appeals Court Vacates Bulk Of $147 Million Exxon Pipeline Leak Award
Posted on 10 Feb 2012 by Michael Lefkowitz

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - (Mealey's) The Maryland Court of Special Appeals on Feb. 9 vacated much of a $147 million jury award to homeowners whose groundwater was contaminated with benzene and methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE) by a 26,000-gallon gasoline... Read More

William A. Ruskin: Student Bitten By Tick: Hotchkiss School On Hook For $41.75 Million
Posted on 17 Apr 2013 by William A. Ruskin

By William A. Ruskin On March 27, 2013, a jury in federal district court in Bridgeport, Connecticut awarded Cara Munn, a 20-year-old woman who formerly attended the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut, $41,750,000 in a case styled Orson D. Munn... Read More

Illinois Circuit Court Jury Awards $625,000 In 1st Contaminated Heparin Trial
Posted on 10 Jun 2011 by Tom Moylan

CHICAGO - (Mealey's) In what plaintiff attorneys say is the first such case to go to trial, an Illinois state court jury on June 9 awarded $625,000 to the estate of a man who died after allegedly receiving three doses of contaminated heparin ( Estate... Read More

8th Circuit Reinstates $222,000 Statutory Damages Against File Sharer
Posted on 12 Sep 2012 by Melissa Ritti

ST. PAUL, Minn. - (Mealey's) Determining that a jury award of $222,000 from almost five years ago was constitutional, an Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Sept. 11 reinstated the award in favor of a group of six plaintiff record labels... Read More

Texas Jury Awards $6.5 Million, Including $ 5 Million In Punitives, To Construction Worker Who Suffered Partial Foot Amputation Following Worksite Injury
Posted on 16 Jun 2015 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

On May 29, 2012, Rolando Cumpian was working for Leal Welding & Erection, Inc. in San Antonio, TX. At that time, Leal was operating as the subcontractor for Joeris General Contractors, Ltd., which was acting as the general contractor for a construction... 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

Nevada Jury Awards $20.1 Million To 3 Plaintiffs in Propofol Infection Cases
Posted on 7 Oct 2011 by Tom Moylan

LAS VEGAS - (Mealey's) A Nevada state court jury on Oct. 6 ordered three drug defendants to pay three plaintiffs $20.1 million in compensatory damages for selling so-called "jumbo" vials of the anesthetic propofol, resulting in the vials... Read More

Supreme Court Denies Certiorari To Welder Seeking Review Of $20 Million Verdict Reversal
Posted on 17 May 2011 by Bill G Lowe

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court announced May 16 that it denied a petition for a writ of certiorari for a welder who sought review of an appellate court opinion overturning a $20 million jury award for failing to warn of the risks... Read More

Wisconsin State Jury Awards $392,300 To Best Buy Customer Who Claimed PTSD From Racist Geek Squad Employee's False Police Report
Posted on 21 Jan 2016 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

On July 19, 2012, Brandon Hall, an employee of Best Buy Co., Inc., and a member of the "Geek Squad," went to the home of Hugh Saddler, an African-American male, to repair a television. Plaintiff Sunshine Guerrero, Saddler's wife, a Hispanic... Read More

Mississippi Jury Awards $322 Million To Man With Asbestosis From Drilling Mud Exposure
Posted on 6 May 2011 by Bryan Redding

Sources say it's the largest single-plaintiff asbestos award in U.S. history RALEIGH, Miss. - (Mealey's) A Mississippi jury on May 4 awarded $322 million - including $300 million in punitive damages - to a man suffering from asbestosis caused... Read More

Pennsylvania Jury Awards $72.6 Million To 3 Women In HRT Breast Cancer Case
Posted on 7 Dec 2011 by Tom Moylan

PHILADELPHIA - (Mealey's) A Pennsylvania state court jury on Dec. 6 awarded $72.6 million to three women who say they developed breast cancer after taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drugs made by subsidiaries of Pfizer Inc. ( Susan Elfont,... Read More

Massachusetts Jury Awards $63 Million To Girl, Parents For Children's Motrin Injuries
Posted on 14 Feb 2013 by Tom Moylan

BROCKTON, Mass. - (Mealey's) A Massachusetts state court jury on Feb. 13 awarded $63 million to a family whose young daughter was severely injured by a reaction to Children's Motrin ( Lisa Reckis, et al. v. Johnson & Johnson, et al. , No.... Read More