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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 Appeals Court Affirms $25 Million In Punitives In Tobacco Death Verdict
Posted on 4 Sep 2013 by Michael Lefkowitz

MIAMI — (Mealey’s) The Third District Florida Court of Appeal affirmed $25 million in punitive damages to the widow of a smoker Sept. 4, saying the award, which was in addition to $16 million in compensatory damages, was not unconstitutionally... 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

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

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

Florida Federal Jury Finds Former Smoker Did Not Meet Engle Class Standard
Posted on 30 Oct 2013 by Michael Lefkowitz

MIAMI — (Mealey’s) A federal jury in Florida found for Philip Morris USA Inc. and Lorillard Group LLC Oct. 29 and against the estate of a smoker who died of lung cancer in 2001 ( Ronnie L. Jacobson, et al. v. Philip Morris USA Inc., et al... 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

Jury Returns Partial Verdict For Smoker In Florida Tobacco Case (Watch The Closing Argument Videos)
Posted on 25 Feb 2015 by Maureen McGuire

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A Florida state court judge accepted a partial jury verdict in a suit against four tobacco companies Feb. 24 amid calls for a mistrial from the defendants after the jury reported that it could not reach agreement... Read More

Lawsuit Challenging State's Reallocation Of Tobacco Funds May Proceed, Court Rules
Posted on 28 Jun 2012 by Tom Moylan

HARRISBURG, Pa. - (Mealey's) In a 5-2 en banc ruling, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on June 27 dismissed most preliminary objections to a lawsuit filed by 75 participants of a now-unfunded health insurance program who are challenging the constitutionality... Read More

Supreme Court Won't Hear Tobacco Settlement Challenge
Posted on 7 Mar 2011 by Michael Lefkowitz

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A challenge to the $200 billion tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) reached the end of the road March 7 when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case, which claims that the settlement violates the Sherman... Read More

Judge Orders Tobacco Companies To Advertise Risks Of Smoking
Posted on 29 Nov 2012 by Michael Lefkowitz

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A District of Columbia federal judge on Nov. 27 released the language tobacco companies will be required to include in corrective statements in newspaper and television advertisements, on their websites and in cigarette... 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