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Smoker’s Widow Nets $26.6 Million Verdict In Latest Post-Engle Tobacco Trial

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) In the latest setback for the tobacco industry among Engle progeny cases, a Florida jury yesterday awarded $26.6 million to the widow of a smoker who died from lung cancer in 1994 ( Robin Cohen v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., et al. , No. 07-11515, Fla. Cir...

Boy Scouts Sex Trial Shifts To Punitive Damages

PORTLAND, Ore. – (AP) A $1.4 million jury award to an Oregon man who filed a sex abuse lawsuit against the Boy Scouts has become an unwelcome reminder that an American institution based on trustworthiness has to account for past problems. And there could be more financial damage to come. . . ....

Nebraska Family Awarded $117,500 For Seized Land

LINCOLN Neb. – (AP) A Waverly family has been awarded $117,500 for land that had been taken away by eminent domain. Richard Hedrick and his children sued Waverly after the city used its power of eminent domain to force a sale of about 5.5 acres. The city valued the land at $86,000. . . . Full version...

Connecticut Man Wins $1.3 Million In Rape Lawsuit

MIDDLETOWN Conn. – (AP) A Connecticut jury has awarded nearly $1.3 million to a man who says he was raped when he was a teenager by an equestrian teacher at a Portland horseback-riding school in the late 1980s. The jury at Middletown Superior Court awarded the compensatory damages Thursday to Andrew...

Jury Tells Bayer To Pay Arkansas Rice Farmers $48 Million

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – (AP) German conglomerate Bayer CropScience should pay a dozen Arkansas farmers nearly $50 million for allowing a genetically altered strain of rice to escape into the commercial market, damaging rice prices in 2006, a jury ruled Thursday. An attorney for the farmers, Scott Powell...

Supreme Court Rejects Shell Appeal In Oklahoma Lawsuit

OKLAHOMA CITY - (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court is refusing to hear an appeal by Shell Oil Co. of a nearly $54 million jury award in an Oklahoma lawsuit . The court on Monday declined without comment to hear Shell's appeal that the award for punitive damages to oil and gas leaseholders. . . . Full version...

Jury Awards $71M In Case Alleging Distribution Of Cigarettes To Children

BOSTON -- (Mealey's) A Massachusetts jury awarded $71 million in compensatory damages on Dec. 14 to the estate and only son of a woman who said she began smoking free Newport cigarettes handed out in her neighborhood by Lorillard Tobacco Co., according to published reports ( Will Evans v. Lorillard...

Connecticut Smoker Awarded $4 Million More In Tobacco Lawsuit

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - (AP) A Connecticut smoker who won $8 million against a tobacco company in May, the first such jury award in New England, has been awarded $4 million in punitive damages and stands to get millions more in interest. Barbara Izzarelli, a Norwich resident who developed larynx cancer, won...

Florida Jury Awards Smoker $1 Million But Finds Her 70 Percent Liable For Injury

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 al. , No. 2007-33334-CICI, Fla. Cir., Volusia Co....

New Jersey Jury Awards $2M In 1 Accutane Case, Finds For Defense In 2 Others

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - (Mealey's) A New Jersey state court jury on April 8 awarded a plaintiff $2.1 million after finding that Hoffman-La Roche Inc.'s acne drug Accutane was a substantial factor in causing her inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and that the company failed to adequately warn her...

Florida Jury Awards Smoker's Widow $4.5 Million But Splits Blame

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A Florida jury awarded $4.5 million to the 87-year-old widow of a longtime smoker April 13, but tempered her eventual compensation by assigning nearly half of the responsibility to the decedent ( Mary Tullo v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, et al. , No. 2008-CA-035457, Fla. Cir...

Mississippi Jury Awards $322 Million To Man With Asbestosis From Drilling Mud Exposure

Sources say it's the largest single-plaintiff asbestos award in U.S. history RALEIGH, Miss. - (Mealey's) A Mississippi jury on May 4 awarded $322 million - including $300 million in punitive damages - to a man suffering from asbestosis caused by exposure to asbestos in drilling mud products...

Supreme Court Denies Certiorari To Welder Seeking Review Of $20 Million Verdict Reversal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court announced May 16 that it denied a petition for a writ of certiorari for a welder who sought review of an appellate court opinion overturning a $20 million jury award for failing to warn of the risks of inhaling manganese in welding fumes ( Jeff...

Gay Los Angeles Officer Awarded More Than $1 Million

LOS ANGELES - (AP) An openly gay police sergeant who said he was subjected to derogatory remarks by his supervisor was awarded $1.1 million by a jury Thursday. Sgt. Ronald Crump worked for the Los Angeles Police Department's media relations section in 2008 and 2009. While there, he said his supervisor...

Illinois Circuit Court Jury Awards $625,000 In 1st Contaminated Heparin Trial

CHICAGO - (Mealey's) In what plaintiff attorneys say is the first such case to go to trial, an Illinois state court jury on June 9 awarded $625,000 to the estate of a man who died after allegedly receiving three doses of contaminated heparin ( Estate of Steven Johansen v. Baxter International, et...

Mattel To Pay Rival $309 Million In Bratz Doll Spat

SANTA ANA, Calif. - (AP) A federal judge ordered toy giant Mattell Inc. to pay rival MGA Entertainment Inc. more than $309 million on Thursday, marking another tumultuous chapter in the years-long legal fight between the two companies over ownership of the lucrative Bratz fashion doll line. The judge's...

California State Jury Awards $48.1 Million In Motrin Injury Case

LOS ANGELES - (Mealey's) A California state court jury on Oct. 3 awarded $48.1 million to a 22-year-old man who says Johnson & Johnson and subsidiary McNeil Consumer Healthcare failed to warn him that the nonprescription pain and fever remedy Motrin could cause toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN...

Nevada Jury Awards $20.1 Million To 3 Plaintiffs in Propofol Infection Cases

LAS VEGAS - (Mealey's) A Nevada state court jury on Oct. 6 ordered three drug defendants to pay three plaintiffs $20.1 million in compensatory damages for selling so-called "jumbo" vials of the anesthetic propofol, resulting in the vials being used for multiple patients and the plaintiffs...

Pennsylvania Jury Awards $72.6 Million To 3 Women In HRT Breast Cancer Case

PHILADELPHIA - (Mealey's) A Pennsylvania state court jury on Dec. 6 awarded $72.6 million to three women who say they developed breast cancer after taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drugs made by subsidiaries of Pfizer Inc. ( Susan Elfont, et al. v. Wyeth, et al. , No. 040700924, Pa. Comm...

Maryland Appeals Court Vacates Bulk Of $147 Million Exxon Pipeline Leak Award

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - (Mealey's) The Maryland Court of Special Appeals on Feb. 9 vacated much of a $147 million jury award to homeowners whose groundwater was contaminated with benzene and methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE) by a 26,000-gallon gasoline leak at an Exxon Mobil Corp. station ( Exxon Mobil...

8th Circuit Reinstates $222,000 Statutory Damages Against File Sharer

ST. PAUL, Minn. - (Mealey's) Determining that a jury award of $222,000 from almost five years ago was constitutional, an Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Sept. 11 reinstated the award in favor of a group of six plaintiff record labels against a Minnesota woman accused of online file...

Massachusetts Jury Awards $63 Million To Girl, Parents For Children's Motrin Injuries

BROCKTON, Mass. - (Mealey's) A Massachusetts state court jury on Feb. 13 awarded $63 million to a family whose young daughter was severely injured by a reaction to Children's Motrin ( Lisa Reckis, et al. v. Johnson & Johnson, et al. , No. PLCV2007-00064, Mass. Super., Plymouth Co.). According...

William A. Ruskin: Student Bitten By Tick: Hotchkiss School On Hook For $41.75 Million

By William A. Ruskin On March 27, 2013, a jury in federal district court in Bridgeport, Connecticut awarded Cara Munn, a 20-year-old woman who formerly attended the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut, $41,750,000 in a case styled Orson D. Munn III et al. v. The Hotchkiss School , No. 3:09cv0919...

Texas Jury Awards $6.5 Million, Including $ 5 Million In Punitives, To Construction Worker Who Suffered Partial Foot Amputation Following Worksite Injury

On May 29, 2012, Rolando Cumpian was working for Leal Welding & Erection, Inc. in San Antonio, TX. At that time, Leal was operating as the subcontractor for Joeris General Contractors, Ltd., which was acting as the general contractor for a construction project at Dr. Folks Middle School. While on...

Wisconsin State Jury Awards $392,300 To Best Buy Customer Who Claimed PTSD From Racist Geek Squad Employee's False Police Report

On July 19, 2012, Brandon Hall, an employee of Best Buy Co., Inc., and a member of the "Geek Squad," went to the home of Hugh Saddler, an African-American male, to repair a television. Plaintiff Sunshine Guerrero, Saddler's wife, a Hispanic woman with light complexion, opened the door....