Tag Archives: Philip Morris


Posted 6 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 8 months 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 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 Products Liability by Sylvia Hsieh  
Tobacco Companies Get Smoked in Court

Big tobacco companies are exposed to billions of dollars in damages in Florida smokers’ lawsuits now that the they’ve lost their attempt to overturn multi-million dollar verdicts when the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear their appeal. The high court let stand four verdicts in favor of smokers, totaling over $53 million, including a $28.3 million award to Mathilde Martin for the death of her husband, Benny, from lung cancer after a lifetime of smoking Camels and Lucky Strikes. …

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