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Up in Smoke – District Court Vacates $20,760,000 Punitive Damages Verdict in Florida Tobacco Lawsuit

On April 23, 2015, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida vacated a $20,760,000 punitive damages award that had been levied against international tobacco manufacturer Philip Morris USA, Inc. by a Florida jury earlier this year
JD Supra, LLC
added May 9, 2015 11:44
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[Florida] Court Upholds $5M Award To Sick Smoker

A South Florida appeals court Wednesday upheld a verdict that calls for Philip Morris USA to pay $5 million to a man who suffers heart disease caused by smoking --- but it shielded the cigarette maker from potentially paying punitive damages.
WUSF (Tampa Bay, FL)
added May 7, 2015 14:52
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[Florida] $21.5M Award to Couple in COPD Suit Against RJR Tops the Engle Progeny Review for the Week of April 12

Jurors Friday awarded Thomas and Bettye Ryan $21.5 million in compensatory damages, with an award of punitives to come, after finding R.J. Reynolds liable for Ryan’s chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Courtroom View Network (CVN)
added Apr 18, 2015 08:58
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[Florida] Editorial: Don't change law to limit damages for Big Tobacco

The Florida Legislature should beat back the tobacco industry’s latest attempt to avoid taking responsibility for misleading smokers about the dangers of its products....Lawmakers should make sure Floridians' right to a jury trial and to collect punitive
Tampa Bay (FL) Times
added Feb 27, 2015 09:42
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[Florida] Tobacco Settlement Eases Industry Litigation Concern

The settlement of more than 400 lawsuits in U.S. federal courts filed by Florida smokers, the Engle Progeny cases, resolves some uncertainty in extensive litigation pending against the major cigarette companies
Fitch Ratings
added Feb 25, 2015 16:51
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[Canada] Message from the Minister of Health - National Non-Smoking Week - January 18 - 24, 2015

during this year's National Non-Smoking Week, the Government of Canada is renewing its commitment to amend the schedule to the Tobacco Act to further restrict the use of additives, including flavouring additives, which are used to market cigars that appea
Health Canada
added Jan 25, 2015 01:06
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[Florida] Fla. Judge Keeps Philip Morris Suit On Jury Track ($$)

Philip Morris, a subsidiary of Altria Group Inc., brought its motions for directed verdict on the grounds that Vila failed to prove his case on fraud and concealment claims, on his punitive damages claim, on Vila's class membership status and on the comp
Law360
added Jan 20, 2015 23:35
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[Florida] State high court seeks new circuit judge position

Florida Supreme Court has called on state lawmakers to fund three circuit judge positions...Particularly draining have been what the Supreme Court called “tobacco cases.” Those are civil cases against tobacco companies that have sprung from a 2006 court r
Northwest Florida News
added Dec 23, 2014 03:25
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[Florida] Engle Progeny Review for the Week of November 24

An $18.6M Total Damage Award Highlights Our Week in Review
Courtroom View Network (CVN)
added Nov 28, 2014 12:17
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ARCHIVE: Was the U.S. Justice Department Sold to the Highest Bidder

The law firm that fronted for Big Tobacco for four decades, Covington & Burling, has its former lawyers ensconced in three of the top slots ... Both Eric Holder, the U.S. Attorney General, and Lanny Breuer...Dan Suleiman, who also worked at Covington and
WallStreetOnParade.com (blog)
added Sep 28, 2014 07:09
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