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Judge Cuts $300 Million Smoker Lawsuit Award To $39 Million

MIAMI – (AP) Concluding a jury was moved by emotion rather than hard evidence, a judge on Wednesday reduced $300 million in damages awarded to a Florida smoker against Philip Morris USA to nearly $39 million. Broward Circuit Judge Jeffrey Streitfeld ruled jurors in November granted 61-year...

Florida Jury Hands Smoker’s Widow $29.1 Million in Latest Post-Engle Trial

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - (Mealey's) A smoker's widow was awarded $29.1 million Thursday, May 21, by a Florida jury in the most recent plaintiff's verdict among Engle progeny trials ( Matthew Buonomo, et al. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., et al. , No. CACE08019612, Fla. Cir., 17th Judicial...

Smoker Wins $8M In First New England Tobacco Plaintiff Verdict

HARTFORD, Conn. - (Mealey's) A Connecticut jury capped a month-long trial May 27 by awarding a cancer-afflicted smoker $8 million against the cigarette maker she blamed for her illness; the verdict for the plaintiff is reportedly the first in New England ( Barbara A. Izzarelli v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco...

Florida Smoker's Addiction Didn't Cause Disease, Death, Jury Finds

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - (Mealey's) A Florida jury found Oct. 4 that a pair of tobacco companies were not responsible for the disease and death of a longtime smoker, despite finding that she was addicted to cigarettes; the victory is one of only a handful for the tobacco industry since the Engle progeny...

William A. Ruskin: 2nd Circuit Grapples With Medical Monitoring

By William A. Ruskin On May 1, 2013, the Second Circuit issued an important decision in Caronia v. Philip Morris USA Inc. , 2d Cir., No. 11-0316 (5/1/13) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ]. The Court provides an excellent summary of the law concerning medical monitoring claims...

Liggett Announces $110 Million Settlement Of Florida Tobacco Litigation

MIAMI — (Mealey’s) The nation’s third largest tobacco manufacturer announced Oct. 23 that it will pay $110 million to settle thousands of Engle progeny tobacco litigation cases asserting death and injury in Florida state and federal courts. Vector Group Ltd. and subsidiary Liggett...

Florida Jury Finds Suit Time-Barred, Returns Verdict for Tobacco Company (Watch Closing Argument Video Excerpts)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A jury in Florida’s 15th Judicial Circuit Court for Palm Beach County on Dec. 19 returned a defense verdict in a suit alleging that a longtime smoker’s death from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was caused by his addiction to cigarettes...