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Lorillard Says It's Not Liable For Smoker's Addiction

BOSTON - (AP) A Boston judge delayed ruling Monday on Lorillard Tobacco Co.'s request to reject a lawsuit that accuses the nation's third-largest tobacco company of targeting black youth in its cigarette marketing. Judge Linda Giles of Suffolk Superior Court told lawyers for both sides. . . ...

Verdict Goes RJR’s Way In Latest Engle Progeny Trial

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - (Mealey's) On Aug. 26, a Florida jury returned a verdict of no liability for a cigarette company that was sued by the son of a deceased smoker in the latest Engle progeny case, one of only a handful of defense verdicts to date ( Jason Budnick v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. ...

Tobacco Lawsuit Cites Long-Ago Cigarette Giveaways

BOSTON - (AP) Marie Evans recalled she was 9 years old when she first started getting free cigarettes in the Boston housing project where she lived. At first, she traded them for candy, but she said she started smoking them herself at age 13. Four decades later, Evans died of lung cancer. Full version...

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 2nd Post-Engle Smoker Verdict, $86,000

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- For the second time in a week, a Florida jury on Feb. 15 found for a post- Engle tobacco plaintiff but issued a relatively small award of compensatory damages ( Despinda Hatziyannakis, as Personal Representative of Christos Hatziyannakis v. Philip Morris USA, Inc., et al. , No...

Connecticut Smoker Gets Another $15.7M Against R.J. Reynolds

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - (AP) A federal judge has awarded nearly $16 million in interest to a smoker who already had won $12 million against a tobacco company in the first such jury award in New England. Judge Stefan Underhill awarded about $15.7 million to Barbara Izzarelli, a Norwich resident who developed...

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....

Federal Judge Denies Marlboro Medical Monitoring Class

SAN FRANCISCO - (Mealey's) A California federal judge denied class certification and court-ordered cancer screenings for long-time Marlboro smokers on April 18 and dismissed all claims except design defect and negligent design and testing ( Burt Xavier and James Franklin, et al. v. Philip Morris...

Izzarelli v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 95942 (D. Conn., 2011)

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 of Salem Kings, the heightened level of tar they...

Smoker Gets Punitive Damages Award 16 Times Compensatory Damages

In Bullock v. Philip Morris (California Court of Appeal, Second District, Case No. B222596) the court affirmed a punitive damage award that is 16 times compensatory damages. The jury ultimately awarded Bullock $850,000 in compensatory damages and $13.8 million in punitive damages. As you may be...

Florida Judge Declares Mistrial In Tobacco Case Because Of Witness Statement (Watch The Videos)

VIERA, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A state court judge sitting in the Brevard County, Fla., 18th Judicial Circuit Court entered a mistrial on Sept. 26 after two weeks of trial in a wrongful death action brought by the widow of a longtime smoker because of a comment made by an expert witness for the...

Parties Dispute Nicotine Addiction Issue In Florida Suit’s Opening Statements (Watch The Videos)

TAMPA, Fla. — (Mealey’s) Trial got under way on Sept. 26 with opening statements in the Hillsborough County, Fla., 13th Judicial Circuit Court in a suit alleging that a woman’s death from lung cancer was caused by her 40 years of smoking ( James Lourie, et al. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco...