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Billion Dollar Verdict Against Nursing Home Continues Law Firm’s Impressive Win Streak
Posted on 22 Aug 2013 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

In yet another case against former nursing home giant Trans Healthcare, Inc., Tampa law firm Wilkes & McHugh has obtained its fourth multi-million verdict, this one actually reaching $1.1 billion, including punitive damages, in Polk County Circuit... Read More

Federal Judge Sanctions TD Bank, Greenberg Traurig for 'Simply Incredible' Discovery Errors
Posted on 13 Aug 2012 by Jordan D. Maglich

A Florida federal court judge imposed sanctions against TD Bank and its law firm, Greenberg Traurig, for "willfully" hindering and obfuscating the production of evidence that painted a much more culpable role of TD Bank in Scott Rothstein's... Read More

Health Insurers Ordered To Pay $500 Million Punitive Damages In Nevada Hepatitis C Outbreak
Posted on 10 Apr 2013 by Tom Moylan

LAS VEGAS - (Mealey's) A Nevada state court jury on April 9 ordered two health insurers to pay $500 million in punitive damages to three plaintiffs who claim that the defendants' actions contributed to them or a spouse becoming infected with hepatitis... Read More

Florida Appeals Court Strikes Punitive Damages, Orders Remittitur On Others In Tobacco Case
Posted on 13 Jun 2013 by Michael Lefkowitz

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - (Mealey's) A Florida appeals court conditionally struck $5 million in punitive damages from a tobacco wrongful death suit June 12 and directed a trial judge to grant remittitur on $15 million in survivors' consortium claims... Read More

California State Jury Awards $125 Million To Young Driver Paralyzed In Collision With Intoxicated Driver Who Ran Red Light
Posted on 9 Feb 2016 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

Shortly before 5 a.m. on March 23, 2013, plaintiff Francisco Briones, 21, was on his way to an early morning work shift at a local warehouse. Briones was waiting to turn left on a green light from Channel Islands Boulevard onto Rice Avenue; another car... Read More

U.S. High Court Hears Oral Arguments In Funeral Protest Case
Posted on 6 Oct 2010 by Bajeerah LaCava

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A man who was trying to bury his dead son, a member of the U.S. military, in a "private, dignified manner" was entitled to call upon Maryland's tort law when he was prevented from doing so, the attorney... Read More

Court: New Evidence For Punitive Damages Was Not Precluded By Remand
Posted on 11 Sep 2013 by Michael Lefkowitz

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — (Mealey’s) Saying that a trial judge did not err by allowing new mitigating evidence to be presented to a jury considering the amount of punitive damages on remand, the Missouri Supreme Court on Sept. 10 affirmed a $1... Read More

Fla. Jury Awards Smoker With Emphysema $24M In Post-Engle Plaintiff Win
Posted on 12 Jul 2010 by Gerald C. Matics

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - (Mealey's) A Florida jury awarded a woman suffering from smoking-caused emphysema more than $24 million July 8 in the latest Engle progeny win for the plaintiffs after finding that she was addicted to cigarettes and that her... Read More

Punitive Damages Award Vacated On Repose Statute In Tobacco Death Case
Posted on 3 May 2012 by Michael Lefkowitz

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - (Mealey's) The $5 million punitive damages portion of what was originally an $8 million verdict has been vacated by a Florida appeals court, which found May 2 that the reliance required for the fraudulent concealment claim... Read More

Florida Jury Awards $23 Billion In Punitives To Smoker’s Family
Posted on 21 Jul 2014 by Maureen McGuire

PENSACOLA, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A Florida state court jury on July 18 ordered R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. to pay more than $23.6 billion in punitive damages to the family of a man who alleged that his death from lung cancer was caused by smoking... Read More

Pennsylvania State Court Jury Awards $2.5 Million In Risperdal Gynecomastia Trial
Posted on 24 Feb 2015 by Tom Moylan

PHILADELPHIA — (Mealey’s) A Pennsylvania state court jury on Feb. 24 awarded $2.5 million to the family of a man who claimed that the atypical antipsychotic drug Risperdal caused gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts ( P.P., et al. v. Ortho... Read More

Florida Appeals Court Vacates $79.2 Million Verdict In Tobacco Death Case
Posted on 10 Apr 2012 by Michael Lefkowitz

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - (Mealey's) A $79.2 million verdict on behalf of the daughter of a smoker who died from lung cancer was vacated as excessive on April 9 by the First District Florida Court of Appeal ( R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, v. Diane Webb... Read More

Jury Awards Plaintiff $10.4 Million For Injuries, Punitive Damages Linked To Novartis' Zometa
Posted on 5 Nov 2012 by Tom Moylan

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. - (Mealey's) A New York federal jury on Nov. 2 found Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. liable for a woman's osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) and awarded her $10.45 million, according to the parties ( Barbara Davids v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals... Read More

Jury Awards Total Of $152 Million In Case Alleging Distribution Of Cigarettes To Children
Posted on 17 Dec 2010 by Michael Lefkowitz

BOSTON - (Mealey's) A Massachusetts jury added $81 million in punitive damages on Dec. 16 to the $71 million in compensatory damages it had awarded two days earlier to the estate and only son of a woman who said she began smoking free Newport cigarettes... Read More