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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 Products Liability by Sylvia Hsieh  
Surviving Spouses of Smokers Win Millions Against Big Tobacco

The widow of a lifelong smoker who died of lung cancer won a $2.5 million award against Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Beatrice Skolnick’s husband, Leo, began smoking Camel, Marlboro and Pall Mall brand cigarettes in his youth. He died of lung cancer in 1993 at the age of 75. “Mr. Skolnick smoked, and smoking caused his cancer,” said Scott Schlesinger, one of the attorneys for Mrs. Skolnick. “But he trusted the word of tobacco companies who told …

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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 Jury Awards by Sylvia Hsieh  
Editor’s Choice: Jury Awards Edition

  Fatal menage a trois leads to $3 million verdict You just can’t make this stuff up, folks. The family of a man who died while having hot and heavy sex the night before he was due for a heart check-up won a $3 million jury award against his cardiologist for not warning him about the dangers of, um, getting too physical. William Martinez, a 31 year-old married father of two sons, had high blood pressure and signs of clogged …

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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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