$100 Million Settlement Announced in Federal Court Florida Smokers Litigation

SAN FRANCISCO, February 25, 2015 — Attorney Robert J. Nelson of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced today the settlement of more than 400 lawsuits filed by Florida smokers and their families against the major cigarette companies, Philip Morris USA Inc., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, and Lorillard Tobacco Company. […]

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Jury Holds RJ Reynolds Accountable to Florida Widow

San Francisco, February 5, 2015 — Attorney Sarah London of the San Francisco office of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that a jury in federal court in Florida last week returned a verdict of $6 million against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (“RJR”) for Ellen Gray, the wife of […]

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Jurors Hold Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds Accountable for Engaging in 50-Year Conspiracy

Damages Totaling $41.1 Million Returned in Florida Federal Court Nashville — October 22, 2014 — Attorney Kenneth Byrd of the Nashville office of national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that a jury in federal court in Florida today returned a verdict of $41.1 million against Philip Morris USA Inc. and […]

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Jurors Hold Philip Morris USA Accountable for Engaging in 50-Year Conspiracy

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September 19, 2014

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A jury in a Florida federal court this week returned a $27,0100,000.14 verdict against Philip Morris USA Inc. In 1958, plaintiff Judith Berger started smoking when she was 14 years old and began smoking a pack a day by age 16. At the trial, evidence was introduced showing that 90 percent of daily cigarette smokers […]

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Tobacco’s Costly Legal Waiting Game Takes $20 Million Hit

Jordana Douglas was less than enthused when she learned she had been picked to sit on a jury to decide whether a Delray Beach, Florida, woman was justified in blaming R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. for her mother’s death from lung cancer. “OK, well that seems a little unnecessary,” the 19-year-old West Palm Beach resident said […]

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R.J. Reynolds’ Certiorari Petition to the U.S. Supreme Court Denied

The United States Supreme Court today denied R.J. Reynolds’ petition for a writ of certiorari (review) in the federal Engle progeny litigation, along with petitions in nine state-court Engle progeny cases. Read the full details here.

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Jurors Hold Tobacco Companies Accountable For Engaging In 50-Year Conspiracy Of Misrepresenting Dangers Of Smoking Cigarettes, Plaintiffs’ Counsel Announce

Damages Totaling Nearly $32 Million Returned In Two Cases in Federal Court In Florida This Month Jacksonville—April 19, 2013 – Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that a jury in federal court in Florida yesterday returned a verdict of $5.9 in compensatory damages against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company to Thelma Ruth Aycock for the […]

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Florida Supreme Court Stubs Out Big Tobacco Appeals of Multi-Million Dollar Verdicts

As reported by Flaglerlive, a major Florida Supreme Court ruling this week against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. is already having ripple effects, with justices rejecting three other industry appeals of multimillion-dollar verdicts. The court declined to hear the appeals, siding with spouses of people who died because of smoking-related illnesses. Read more on the Flagler Florida […]

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Florida Court Upholds $30 Million Tobacco Award

Reuters reports that the Florida Supreme Court upheld a jury’s order that the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co pay nearly $30 million to a woman whose husband died of lung cancer after decades of smoking its cigarettes. The court issued a brief ruling saying it would not review the product liability award nor entertain any further […]

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Florida Ruling Big Tobacco Won Comes Back to Bite it

As reported by the Washington Times, 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 generate more than […]

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