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BP Spill Class Action Alleges Profiteering, Seeks Punitive Damages
Posted on 23 Sep 2010 by HB Litigation Conferences

NEW ORLEANS - A group of fishermen, property owners, business owners, and wage earners from five states on Aug. 20 filed a nationwide class action for punitive damages in the BP oil spill ( Corliss Gallo, et al. v. BP , No. 2:10-cv-02795, E.D. La.). ... 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

No New Trial In Actos MDL Bellwether Case, But Punitives Are Cut From $9 Billion To $36 Million
Posted on 29 Oct 2014 by Tom Moylan

LAFAYETTE, La. — (Mealey’s) Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. and Eli Lilly and Co. will not get a new trial in the first Actos bladder cancer multidistrict litigation bellwether case, but a Louisiana federal judge on Oct. 27 reduced the $9 billion... Read More

Florida Jury Awards $46.5 Million To Longtime Smoker With COPD (Watch The Closing Argument Videos)
Posted on 22 Apr 2015 by Maureen McGuire

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A state court jury awarded $25 million in punitive damages April 21 to a man who alleged that his chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was caused by his 40 years of smoking cigarettes manufactured... Read More

5th Circuit Upholds Punitive Damages Award Against Employer For Offensive Gorilla Suit Performance
Posted on 2 Mar 2015 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

In an unpublished case, Henry v. Corpcar Servs. Houston, Ltd., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 1208, 2015 WL 327650 (5th Cir. Tex. Jan. 27, 2015) , African-American employees of a limousine service company asked for time off for June 19, known as "Emancipation... Read More

Florida Federal Jury Adds $2.5M In Punitive Damages For Smoker With Lung Disease
Posted on 19 May 2014 by Michael Lefkowitz

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A Florida federal jury added $2.5 million in punitive damages Friday to $2.5 million in compensatory damages it had awarded May 15 to a woman who said three companies’ cigarettes caused chronic obstructive... Read More

Florida Jury Awards $521,000 In Punitives To Smoker With COPD (Watch The Video)
Posted on 7 Nov 2014 by Maureen McGuire

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A woman who alleged that her chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and peripheral vascular disease (PVD) were caused by smoking cigarettes manufactured by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. was awarded $521,345... 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

California Jury Awards $5.7 Million In Ethicon Pelvic Mesh Trial
Posted on 7 Mar 2015 by Tom Moylan

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — (Mealey’s) A California state court jury on March 5 awarded $5.7 million to a plaintiff in an Ethicon pelvic mesh injury trial ( Colleen Perry, et al. v. Ethicon Inc., et al. , No. S-1500-CV-279123, Calif. Super., Kern... 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

Florida Jury Awards Smoker’s Family $3M, Will Consider Punitive Damages Next (Watch Closing Arguments Video Excerpts)
Posted on 25 Nov 2014 by Maureen McGuire

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A jury in Florida’s Fourth Judicial Circuit Court for Duval County on Nov. 24 awarded a total of $3,094,000 to the family of a woman who alleged that her death from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease... 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