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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

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

Smoker Gets Punitive Damages Award 16 Times Compensatory Damages
Posted on 6 Sep 2011 by Dave Tate

In Bullock v. Philip Morris (California Court of Appeal, Second District, Case No. B222596) the court affirmed a punitive damage award that is 16 times compensatory damages. The jury ultimately awarded Bullock $850,000 in compensatory damages and... Read More

Florida Supreme Court Upholds $2.5 Million Verdict In Engle Tobacco Case
Posted on 14 Mar 2013 by Michael Lefkowitz

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - (Mealey's) Florida's Supreme Court on March 14 affirmed, with one dissent, a trial court's application of its landmark decision in Engle v. Liggett Group, Inc. (945 So. 2d 1246 [Fla. 2006]) [ enhanced version available... Read More

Florida Jury Awards $1 Million To Estate Of Longtime Smoker Who Died Of Lung Cancer (Watch The Opening, Closing Statements Videos)
Posted on 7 Aug 2015 by Maureen McGuire

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A state court jury awarded $1,028,000 Aug. 7 to the estate of a woman who developed constructive obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer after 52 years of smoking ( Lillian Kaplan v. R.J. Reynolds... 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

Closing Arguments Center On ‘Addiction’ Issue In Florida Smoking Case (Watch the Video)
Posted on 27 Aug 2014 by Maureen McGuire

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) Closing arguments got under way Aug. 26 in Florida’s 17th Judicial Circuit Court for Broward County in a suit alleging that a longtime smoker’s March 2013 death was caused by smoking cigarettes... Read More

Minnesota Panel Lets Marlboro Lights Class Action Proceed
Posted on 30 Dec 2010 by Michael Lefkowitz

MINNEAPOLIS - (Mealey's) A lawsuit alleging that Philip Morris USA used deceptive trade practices and false advertising to market its Marlboro Lights cigarettes may proceed in Minnesota as a class action, the state Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 28,... Read More

Parties Offer Opening Statements In Florida Lung Cancer Suit (Watch The Videos)
Posted on 4 Nov 2014 by Maureen McGuire

MIAMI — (Mealey’s) The attorney for the widow of a man who died of lung cancer after smoking for more than 45 years told a jury in the Florida 11th Judicial Court on Oct. 31 that his client’s husband “needed to smoke” because... Read More

Florida Jury Hears Openings In Suit Tying COPD Death To 50 Years Of Smoking (Watch Video Excerpts Of The Opening Statements)
Posted on 9 Jun 2015 by Maureen McGuire

MIAMI — (Mealey’s) Trial got under way in state court on June 4 in a suit alleging that a Florida man’s death from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was caused by his addiction to cigarettes ( Joyce Hardin, et al. v. R.J.... 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

Split 6th Circuit Says Graphic Cigarette Pack Warnings Are Constitutional
Posted on 19 Mar 2012 by Michael Lefkowitz

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - (Mealey's) Given that tobacco companies have learned to circumvent bans on marketing to minors, a divided Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said March 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's proposal for large, graphic... Read More

Mealey’s PI/Product Liability — Plaintiff, Tobacco Companies Outline Evidence In Florida Laryngeal Cancer Case
Posted on 12 Aug 2014 by Maureen McGuire

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) Plaintiff and defense attorneys on Aug. 11 laid out the evidence they expect to present to a jury in the Broward County, Fla., 17th Circuit Court in a suit alleging that a 62-year-old woman’s laryngeal... Read More