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Jury Gives Florida Smoker's Widow Fraction Of Punitive Damages She Sought
Posted on 20 Aug 2010 by Gerald C. Matics

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - (Mealey's) A Florida jury on Aug. 19 handed a smoker's widow $270,000 in punitive damages, two weeks after awarding her a net $2.2 million compensatory award; the amount of punitive damages is far less even than that suggested... Read More

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

Illinois High Court Won't Block Reopening Of $10.1 Billion Light Cigarette Case
Posted on 29 Sep 2011 by Michael Lefkowitz

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - (Mealey's) The Illinois Supreme Court on Sept. 28 declined to hear Philip Morris Inc.'s appeal of an intermediate appeals court ruling that reopens a case that resulted in a $10.1 billion verdict against the tobacco giant for... Read More

$500 Million In Punitive Damages Awarded Against Teva, Baxter In Propofol Infection Case
Posted on 10 May 2010 by Tom Moylan

LAS VEGAS — (Mealey’s) A Nevada state court jury on May 7 awarded $500 million in punitive damages in a propofol/hepatitis C infection case, two days after it awarded $5.35 million in compensatory damages, according to the parties ( Henry... Read More

$12.8M Verdict For Jaw Injury In Aredia/Zometa Case To Be Reduced To $1.14M
Posted on 24 Nov 2010 by Tom Moylan

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - (Mealey's) A North Carolina federal jury on Nov. 22 awarded $12,887,001 in an Aredia/Zometa jaw injury case, a verdict that will be reduced to $1,148,001 by North Carolina's limit on punitive damages ( Herbert Fussman, et... Read More

$8M Fosamax Verdict Remitted By MDL Judge To $1.5M Or New Damages Trial
Posted on 5 Oct 2010 by Tom Moylan

NEW YORK -- (Mealey's) The New York federal judge overseeing the Fosamax multidistrict litigation on Oct. 4 sua sponte found that an $8 million verdict in a bellwether trial is excessive and ordered a remittitur of the verdict to $1.5 million unless... Read More

Los Angeles Jury Awards $200 Million in Punitive Damages for Secondhand Asbestos Exposure
Posted on 30 Apr 2010 by Bryan Redding

LOS ANGELES — (Mealey’s) A Los Angeles jury on April 29 awarded $200 million in punitive damages to go along with $8.8 million in compensatory damages to a woman who contracted mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos on her husband’s... Read More

Florida Smoker's Widow Gets $2.2 Million In Compensatory Damages; Punitives To Follow
Posted on 6 Aug 2010 by Gerald C. Matics

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - (Mealey's) A Florida jury on Aug. 5 awarded $2.2 million in compensatory damages against a pair of tobacco companies to the widow of a smoker who died of small-cell lung cancer attributed to its products, finding that the smoker's... 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

Jury Awards $1.8 Million To Plaintiff In First Levaquin MDL Bellwether Trial
Posted on 9 Dec 2010 by Tom Moylan

MINNEAPOLIS - (Mealey's) A Minnesota federal jury on Dec. 8 awarded a plaintiff in the first Levaquin multidistrict litigation bellwether trial a total of $1,815,000 in compensatory and punitive damages after finding that manufacturer Ortho-McNeil... Read More

Plaintiff Awarded $1.5 Million In Second Bellwether Trial In Kugel Hernia Patch MDL
Posted on 23 Aug 2010 by Tom Moylan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - (Mealey's) The second Kugel surgical patch bellwether trial went to the plaintiff Aug. 23 when a Rhode Island federal court jury awarded $1.5 million to a man who claims that the device caused him internal injuries ( In Re: Kugel... 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

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

$2.4M Welding Rod Verdict Vacated So Jury Can Weigh Employer’s Fault
Posted on 27 Aug 2010 by Bill G Lowe

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) A jury in a welding rod multidistrict litigation bellwether case should have been permitted to allocate fault to the plaintiff's shipbuilder employer, a panel of the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Aug. 26 in... 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