This website is sponsored by the law firms of The Wilner Firm and Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP. We represent individuals who have brought suit against tobacco companies in Florida, seeking recovery for injuries caused by smoking. The cases are called the In re Engle Cases, Case No. 3:09-cv-10000-J-32JBT, and are currently pending in federal court.
On April 1, 2013, a jury held R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (“RJR”) and Philip Morris USA, Inc. (“Philip Morris”), liable for the wrongful death of Carol LaSard. The jury awarded $26 million in damages to Mrs. LaSard’s daughter Cheryl Searcy, as representative of Mrs. LaSard’s estate. The verdict included $20 million in punitive damages. Later in the month, another jury returned a verdict of $5.9 million in compensatory damages against RJR to Thelma Ruth Aycock for the wrongful death of her husband.
In May 2013, a jury returned a verdict of $2.75 million to Earl Graham for the wrongful death of his wife, Faye Graham, in compensatory damages against RJR and Philip Morris.
On September 6, 2013, in RJR v. Walker, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed two plaintiffs’ trial verdicts against defendant’s due process challenges, holding that the trial structure used in the Florida state and federal courts to make individual Engle plaintiff damages trials feasible meets Due Process standards.
Additional cases will tried this Fall. If you have any questions about your case, please do not hesitate to call us toll-free at 1-888-886-9351.