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Jury Awards Total Of $152 Million In Case Alleging Distribution Of Cigarettes To Children

BOSTON - (Mealey's) A Massachusetts jury added $81 million in punitive damages on Dec. 16 to the $71 million in compensatory damages it had awarded two days earlier to the estate and only son of a woman who said she began smoking free Newport cigarettes handed out in her Boston neighborhood by Lorillard...

$81M In Punitive Damages For Giving Kids Free Cigarettes

BOSTON - (AP) A tobacco company that had tried to hook black children on cigarettes was ordered Thursday to pay $81 million in punitive damages to the estate and son of a Boston woman who started smoking at age 13, in what an attorney said is one of the largest jury awards. . . . Full version available...

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...

25 million reasons to tell a good story

Trying an employment case to a jury is an art. You are limited by a jury's attention span (which, by the way, is getting worse as a result of 1,000 channel cable systems and 140 character tweets) to convey your message as quickly and as simply as possible. Complex legal arguments are out; creative...

$1M Federal Jury Verdict for Injured Undocumented Worker: Romero v. Reiman Corp. (D. Wyo.)

Denver attorney James E. Gigax writes: "This will summarize a jury verdict rendered on Friday April 27, 2012, in U.S. District Court (D.Wyo.). Omar Romero's Wyoming work comp claim was denied because he was undocumented, so we sued his employer, a contractor, in federal court, in common law...

California Federal Jury Awards Over $1 Billion To Apple, Inc. In Patent Suit Against Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. And Other Samsung Entities

On Friday, Aug. 24, a California federal jury found in favor of Apple, Inc. in a patent dispute against three related Samsung entities, awarding $ 1,049,393,540 to Apple. Apple had claimed that Samsung had infringed on several patents relating to Apple's iPhone smartphone, iPod touch, and iPad electronic...

Suggested Verdict Form In Florida Personal Injury Cases Creates Potential For Ambiguous Results, Additur Awards

Florida personal injury attorneys are familiar with the jury verdict form regularly used. Specifically, the question asked to jurors, leading into a plaintiff's entitlement to non-economic damages, generally reads "Did the plaintiff sustain a permanent injury within a reasonable degree of medical...

Appeals Court Provides Detailed Discussion Of Allocation Between Covered And Uncovered Claims

I have said this so many times. But given the huge importance of the issue, it is restated here. If you’ve read this before please forgive me. You have just written the greatest reservation of rights letter ever. If Felix Unger handled claims, this is what his letter would look like. If there were...

Blurred Lines: Some Recent High Notes In Musical Copyright Infringement Litigation

The other week, the 2013 hit song “Blurred Lines” made legal news when a California federal jury slapped singer Robin Thicke and music producer Pharrell Williams with a $7.3 million damage award in a copyright infringement action brought by Marvin Gaye’s adult children. 2015 Jury Verdicts...

March 2014 Jury Verdict Round-Up: Top 5 Personal Injury Verdicts

During February 2014, the attorney editors on the LexisNexis Jury Verdict team covered several notable personal injury verdicts from across the country. We’ve come up with an informal list of the top five cases that really captured our attention this past month. If you are interested in submitting...

The March 2015 Jury Verdict Round-Up: Top 5 Personal Injury Verdicts

During March, the attorney editors on the LexisNexis Jury Verdict team covered several notable personal injury verdicts and settlements from across the country. This informal list of top five cases captured our attention this past month, so we thought you might like to hear about them. If you are interested...

California State Jury Awards $125 Million To Young Driver Paralyzed In Collision With Intoxicated Driver Who Ran Red Light

Shortly before 5 a.m. on March 23, 2013, plaintiff Francisco Briones, 21, was on his way to an early morning work shift at a local warehouse. Briones was waiting to turn left on a green light from Channel Islands Boulevard onto Rice Avenue; another car in front of him proceeded into the intersection...

South Carolina Jury Awards $ 6.9 Million In Medical Malpractice Action Brought By Woman Who Was Not Timely Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

Leanna Loud, 47, is a wife, mother of three young children, former Air Force flight nurse, member of the United States Air reserve, and a nurse at a Charleston, S.C., hospital. Loud is also living with terminal Stage IV cancer. On Jan. 20, 2016, a South Carolina state jury found that the radiologist...

New York State Jury Awards $11.6M In Medical Malpractice Action Against Radiologist

On Jan. 25, 2012, Kevin Orr arrived at the Emergency Department at Glens Falls Hospital, with a documented history of dizziness, headache, and inability to stand. A CT scan was ordered and read by radiologist James E. Bell, M.D., of Adirondack Radiology Associates, P.C. The CT scan allegedly showed that...