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Florida Jury Awards $46.5 Million To Longtime Smoker With COPD (Watch The Closing Argument Videos)

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 by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. ( Thomas Ryan v. R.J...

Florida Jury Returns Verdict For Reynolds, Philip Morris In COPD Suit (Watch The Closing Arguments Videos)

MIAMI — (Mealey’s) A Florida state court jury returned a defense verdict April 23 in a suit alleging that a woman’s chronic pulmonary disease (COPD) and death were caused by her more than 30 years of smoking cigarettes manufactured by Philip Morris USA Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco...

Jury Verdict Round-Up: April Top Personal Injury Suits

During April, the attorney editors on the LexisNexis Jury Verdict team covered several notable personal injury verdicts from across the country. Every month, we try to make a list of the top five cases that captured our attention. This month, however, we covered so many really interesting cases, we decided...

Florida Jury Says Smoker Not Addicted, Returns Defense Verdict (Watch Video Excerpts Of The Closing Statements)

PENSACOLA, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A Florida state court jury returned a defense verdict May 21 in a suit alleging that the death of a former smoker from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), coronary artery disease and peripheral vascular disease was caused by his years of smoking ( Ethel...

Florida Jury Hears Openings In Suit Tying COPD Death To 50 Years Of Smoking (Watch Video Excerpts Of The Opening Statements)

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. Reynolds Tobacco Co., et al. , No. 07-46973-CA-22...

Jury Verdict Round-Up: May Top 5 Personal Injury Suits

During May, the attorney editors on the LexisNexis Jury Verdict team covered several notable personal injury verdicts from across the country. Every month, we make a list of the top five cases that captured our attention. Our list normally includes substantial plaintiff’s verdicts as well as impressive...

Jury Hears Openings In Florida Suit Alleging Electric Shock Caused Man’s Death (Watch The Videos)

SARASOTA, Fla. — (Mealey’s) Trial got under way June 4 in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court for Manatee County, Fla., in a suit alleging that a 33-year-old man’s death from a pulmonary embolism stemmed from an electrical accident that occurred at a local school six years earlier ( Stephanie...

Florida Jury Finds School Not Responsible For Death Following Electrical Exposure (Watch The Closing Argument Videos)

SARASOTA, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A state court jury returned a defense verdict June 10 in a suit alleging that a 33-year-old man’s death from a pulmonary embolism stemmed from an electrical accident that occurred at a local school six years earlier ( Stephanie Goberman, et al. v. The Out...

Florida Judge Sets Aside Verdict In Favor Of Police Whistleblower, Finding Trial Tainted By Juror Untruthfulness About Bias Toward Police

Plaintiff Jeffrey Kogan, an employee of the Broward County Sheriff's Office (BCSO), was a detective in the homicide division. Plaintiff was attempting to apprehend a suspect with other members of the BCSO, as well as Fort Lauderdale Police Department (FLPD) officers, when he allegedly observed an...

Florida Jury Awards $776,000 To Widow Of Smoker Who Died Of COPD (Watch The Closing Argument Videos)

MIAMI — (Mealey’s) A Florida state court jury awarded $776,000 June 18 to the widow of a man who died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) after more than 50 years of smoking ( Joyce Hardin, et al. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., et al. , No. 07-46973-CA-22, Fla. 11th Jud. Cir.,...

Florida Jury Hears Openings In Trial Of Suit Filed By Widower Of Longtime Smoker (Watch The Opening Argument Video Excerpts)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) Trial got under way in Florida state court on June 23 with opening statements in a suit alleging that a woman’s death from lung cancer and other smoking-related diseases was caused by her addiction to cigarettes ( John McCoy, et al. v. R.J. Reynolds...

BP Agrees To Pay $18.7 Billion To Resolve Claims Over Gulf Oil Spill

NEW ORLEANS — (Mealey’s) BP Exploration & Production Inc. will pay $18.7 billion over the course of 18 years to resolve Clean Water Act (CWA) and natural resource damages claims from the federal government and states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas stemming from...

Florida Jury Awards $1.5 Million To Smoker’s Widower, Begins Considering Punitive Damages (Watch Video Excerpts Of The Closing Statements)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A Florida state court jury on July 13 awarded $1.5 million to the widower of a woman who died of lung cancer after years of smoking ( John McCoy, et al. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., et al. , No. 2008-CV-025806 (19), Fla. 17th Jud. Cir., Broward Co.). ...

Florida Jury Adds $9 Million Punitive Award To $1.5 Million In Compensatory Damages (Watch The Opening, Closing Argument Video Excerpts)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A Florida state court jury on July 17 awarded $9 million in punitive damages — $3 million each against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Philip Morris USA Inc. and Lorillard Tobacco Co. — to the widower of a woman who died of lung cancer after years...

Florida Jury Returns $14.5 Million Verdict For Woman Smoker With Oral Cavity Cancer

MIAMI — (Mealey’s) A Florida state court jury awarded $14.5 million July 23 to a woman who alleged that her oral cavity cancer was caused by her 30 years of smoking cigarettes manufactured by Philip Morris USA Inc. ( Carmenza Merino v. Philip Morris USA Inc. , No. 08-1287-CA-25, Fla. 11th...

Florida Jury Hears Openings In Suit By Family Of Smoker Who Died Of Lung Cancer (Watch The Opening Statements Video Excerpts)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) Trial got under way with opening statements on July 22 in a suit alleging that a woman’s death from lung cancer was caused by her 52 years of smoking cigarettes manufactured by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. ( Lillian Kaplan v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co...

Florida Jury Awards $11 Million To Former Smoker With COPD (Watch The Opening And Closing Statements Video Excerpts)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A Florida state court jury on Aug. 3 awarded $3.2 million in punitive damages to a woman who alleged that her years of smoking caused her to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that resulted in two lung transplants ( Elaine Jordan v. Philip...

Jury Hears Opening Arguments Involving Asbestos Hazards, Product Identification (Watch The Video Excerpts Of Opening Arguments)

MIAMI - (Mealey's) Parties in a Florida asbestos trial on Aug. 4 sparred over whether a company continued to produce asbestos-containing joint compound despite known risks and how well a man could identify the product in question ( Roy Taylor v. Georgia-Pacific LLC and Union Carbide Corp. , No. 2014...

Florida Jury Awards $1 Million To Estate Of Longtime Smoker Who Died Of Lung Cancer (Watch The Opening, Closing Statements Videos)

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 Tobacco Co. , No. 08-19469, Fla. 17th Jud. Cir...

Florida School District Pays $200K After Death Of Students Who Were Hypnotized

A school district in Florida paid a settlement of $200,000 to each of three families of high school students who died soon after they were hypnotized by their principal. George Kenney of North Port High School confessed that he hypnotized a 16-year-old, Wesley McKinley, one day before the teenager was...

State Net Capitol Journal: Gulf Oil Spill Settlement Swells

The U.S. Justice Department has reached a $20.8 billion final settlement with BP over its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. That sum is $2.1 billion bigger than the $18.7 billion initial settlement announced in July, which was already the largest environmental settlement, as well as the largest...

Competitor Loses at Paintball but Scores in Court

While a trip to a Disney-owned sports complex proved to be less than magical for the plaintiff, the Court of Appeal of Florida, Fifth District in Peterson v. Flare Fittings, Inc., 2015 Fla. App. LEXIS 14990 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 5th Dist. Oct. 9, 2015) , offered him a happier ending. Owen Peterson...

Rowdy Golfer Can’t Keep Evidence From Jury In Personal Injury Case

A rowdy golfer who became teed off at police following a golf cart accident could not keep this evidence from the jury in a personal injury case stemming from an earlier accident, the Court of Appeal of Florida, Third District, ruled in Maniglia v. Carpenter, 2015 Fla. App. LEXIS 16609, 40 Fla. L. Weekly...

No FLMA Retaliation Due to Facebook Postings

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division c onsidered whether an employee was properly fired due to his Facebook postings while on leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FLMA). The employee had shoulder surgery and was on leave under the FLMA; he also...

UPS Sent Packing

The Carmack Amendment to the Interstate Commerce Act, 49 U.S.C.S. § 11706 et seq., did not preempt the state-law claims of an artist who saw red when her oil paintings were auctioned off after the men in brown allegedly removed them from their packaging. In Mlinar v. United Parcel Service , 2016...