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Posted 11 months ago in Litigation Products Liability by Michele Bowman  
US Supreme Court Rejects Big Tobacco Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 7 declined to hear big tobacco companies’ appeal of a Florida Supreme Court decision that makes it easier for smokers to sue the companies. As a result, a jury’s findings of fact in a massive class action suit from years ago can continue to be used in individual suits.    New Case, Old Findings Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds, and Liggett had asked the high court to hear their appeal of a $2.5-million jury award …

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Posted 1 year ago in Jury Awards Personal Injury by Sylvia Hsieh  
Smoker with COPD Wins $12.5M Against Tobacco Companies

A former chronic smoker who developed the lung condition COPD was awarded $12.5 million by a Florida jury in his lawsuit against Philip Morris and Liggett Group. John Rizzuto, 66, began smoking when he was 13 years old. He smoked for forty years, until he was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. COPD, which can include emphysema and chronic bronchitis, blocks air flow and makes it difficult to breathe. COPD can, but does not necessarily, lead to more …

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Posted 2 years ago in Products Liability by Richard Dahl  
Big Tobacco Takes a $75 Million Hit

Anti-tobacco forces and the plaintiffs’ bar are hailing a recent $75-million Florida jury verdict for the survivor of a man who died of lung cancer 20 years ago as a landmark in the fight to bring tobacco companies to justice. Although plaintiffs have been mostly successful in cases that have gone to trial since the Florida Supreme Court paved the way with an important ruling in 2006, none can match the scope of the victory achieved by plaintiff Marvine Calloway …

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Posted 2 years ago in Personal Injury by Aaron Kase  
$27 Million Verdict Against R.J. Reynolds for Cancer Victim

A Florida man was awarded $27 million in compensatory and punitive damages against tobacco company R.J. Reynolds last month after doctors told him that 44 years of smoking caused his lung cancer. Plaintiff had lung removed due to cigarette addiction Thousands of lawsuits pending against big tobacco companies First payouts by big tobacco expected to be made today   Addictive Habits Emmon Smith, a minister in Mariana, Florida, started smoking when he was a 13-year-old boy in 1944. Despite numerous …

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