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Smoker Wins $8M In First New England Tobacco Plaintiff Verdict
Posted on 28 May 2010 by Gerald C. Matics

HARTFORD, Conn. - (Mealey's) A Connecticut jury capped a month-long trial May 27 by awarding a cancer-afflicted smoker $8 million against the cigarette maker she blamed for her illness; the verdict for the plaintiff is reportedly the first in New... Read More

Liggett Announces $110 Million Settlement Of Florida Tobacco Litigation
Posted on 24 Oct 2013 by Michael Lefkowitz

MIAMI — (Mealey’s) The nation’s third largest tobacco manufacturer announced Oct. 23 that it will pay $110 million to settle thousands of Engle progeny tobacco litigation cases asserting death and injury in Florida state and federal... Read More

William A. Ruskin: 2nd Circuit Grapples With Medical Monitoring
Posted on 22 May 2013 by William A. Ruskin

By William A. Ruskin On May 1, 2013, the Second Circuit issued an important decision in Caronia v. Philip Morris USA Inc. , 2d Cir., No. 11-0316 (5/1/13) [ enhanced version available to subscribers ]. The Court provides an excellent summary... Read More

Florida Jury Finds Suit Time-Barred, Returns Verdict for Tobacco Company (Watch Closing Argument Video Excerpts)
Posted on 22 Dec 2014 by Joan Grossman

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A jury in Florida’s 15th Judicial Circuit Court for Palm Beach County on Dec. 19 returned a defense verdict in a suit alleging that a longtime smoker’s death from chronic obstructive pulmonary... Read More

Florida Smoker's Addiction Didn't Cause Disease, Death, Jury Finds
Posted on 5 Oct 2010 by Gerald C. Matics

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - (Mealey's) A Florida jury found Oct. 4 that a pair of tobacco companies were not responsible for the disease and death of a longtime smoker, despite finding that she was addicted to cigarettes; the victory is one of only a handful... Read More

Judge Cuts $300 Million Smoker Lawsuit Award To $39 Million
Posted on 5 Mar 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

MIAMI – (AP) Concluding a jury was moved by emotion rather than hard evidence, a judge on Wednesday reduced $300 million in damages awarded to a Florida smoker against Philip Morris USA to nearly $39 million. Broward Circuit Judge Jeffrey ... Read More

Florida Jury Hands Smoker’s Widow $29.1 Million in Latest Post-Engle Trial
Posted on 21 May 2010 by Gerald C. Matics

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - (Mealey's) A smoker's widow was awarded $29.1 million Thursday, May 21, by a Florida jury in the most recent plaintiff's verdict among Engle progeny trials ( Matthew Buonomo, et al. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.,... Read More