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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...

Florida Ruling Big Tobacco Won Is Coming Back To Bite It

MIAMI - (AP) A Florida Supreme Court ruling that threw out a $145 billion award against cigarette makers is biting Big Tobacco back, making it dramatically easier for thousands of smokers to sue and turning the state into the nation's hot spot for damage awards. The 2006 ruling has helped . . . ...

Illinois Appeals Court Revives Light Cigarette Lawsuit

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - (AP) A lawsuit that led to a $10.1 billion verdict against cigarette-making Philip Morris USA before it was tossed out by the Illinois Supreme Court has been revived by a lower court, sending the case back to the county once tagged as among the nation's most lawsuit-friendly...

Australia Proposes Tough Cigarette Packaging Rules

SYDNEY - (AP) Tobacco companies in Australia will be forced to strip all logos from their cigarette packages and replace them with graphic images such as cancer-riddled mouths and sickly children under legislation unveiled Thursday a move the government says will make Australia the world's toughest...

New York City Sues Over Internet Sales Of Tax-Free Cigarettes

NEW YORK - (AP) New Yorkers hoping to avoid the nation's highest cigarette taxes have long turned to the Internet as a source for cheap smokes, but few bought as often, or as much, as Roza Budansky, according to city officials. Over a three-year period, the 64-year-old purchased nearly $1 million...

Illinois High Court Won't Block Reopening Of $10.1 Billion Light Cigarette Case

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - (Mealey's) The Illinois Supreme Court on Sept. 28 declined to hear Philip Morris Inc.'s appeal of an intermediate appeals court ruling that reopens a case that resulted in a $10.1 billion verdict against the tobacco giant for claims that its "light" cigarettes were...

Florida Jury Awards Widow Of Smoker $25 Million In Punitive Damages

MIAMI - (Mealey's) A Florida jury on March 6 ordered cigarette maker Lorillard Inc. to pay the widow of a smoker $25 million in punitive damages, one week after the jury awarded her $16 million in compensatory damages ( Dorothy Alexander v. Lorillard Tobacco Co. , No. 07-46830-ca-10, Fla. Cir., 11th...