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Jury Awards Total Of $152 Million In Case Alleging Distribution Of Cigarettes To Children

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 handed out in her Boston neighborhood by Lorillard...

$81M In Punitive Damages For Giving Kids Free Cigarettes

BOSTON - (AP) A tobacco company that had tried to hook black children on cigarettes was ordered Thursday to pay $81 million in punitive damages to the estate and son of a Boston woman who started smoking at age 13, in what an attorney said is one of the largest jury awards. . . . Full version available...

Lawsuit Alleges Sex Abuse By Former Boston Doctor

BOSTON - (AP) A former pediatrician is accused a lawsuit filed Thursday of giving medically unnecessary genital exams to dozens of boys over nearly two decades. The medical malpractice and sexual abuse suit alleges that Melvin Levine, while a doctor at Children's Hospital Boston from 1966 to 1985...

William A. Ruskin: Comcast May Be A Class Action Game-Changer, But Not In Boston

By William A. Ruskin | In Comcast Corp. v Behrend , 133 S.Ct. 1426 (March 27, 2013) [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ], the Supreme Court held that the lower court erred in failing to consider flaws in plaintiffs' damages model merely because the damages model would be pertinent...