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Florida Appellate Panel Vacates $20 Million Tobacco Verdict ($$)

vacated a $20 million verdict awarded to the estate of a woman following a trial in an Engle progeny suit after finding that the damages awarded by the jury were excessive (R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. v. Gwendolyn E. Odom
Lexis Nexis
added Dec 3, 2016 02:31
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[Florida] $20M Verdict Excessive In RJR Smoking Case, Fla. Panel Says ($$)

Reynolds Tobacco Co. won a reversal Wednesday of a $20 million jury verdict for the daughter of a lifelong smoker who died of cancer, as a Florida appeals court found the award was out of the norm and excessive for an independent adult child of a victim.
Law360
added Dec 1, 2016 03:32
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[Florida] Man left with severe burns after an e-cigarette exploded in his pocket as he drove to work sues the store that sold it to him

A Florida man is suing the store that sold him an e-cigarette that exploded in his pants and sent him to the emergency room with severe burns. James Dardini says he was driving to work last December, three days after Christmas, when his KangerTech Subo
The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday (uk)
added Nov 30, 2016 05:47
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florida announces new record low youth smoking rate

The state’s success is in large part due to Tobacco Free Florida’s statewide media campaign, which the Florida Department of Health launched after residents voted 10 years ago to fund the program with the state’s portion of the Master Settlement Agreemen
Truth Initiative (American Legacy Foundation)
added Nov 30, 2016 05:08
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Florida's smoking rates drop significantly in past decade

During the 10-year existence of Tobacco Free Florida -- Florida's tobacco education and prevention program -- adult and teen smoking rates have hit a record low... The adult smoking rate in Florida has dropped from 21 percent to 16 percent,..among young
Orlando (FL) Sentinel
added Nov 30, 2016 04:29
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[Florida] First tobacco-free baby born through DOH-Volusia program

Root Leandra Gregory was born healthy and tobacco free thanks to some hard work by her parents and a new program offered by the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia). She is the first baby born to the Baby & Me Tobacco Free program.
Daytona Beach (FL) News-Journal
added Nov 29, 2016 21:22
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[Florida] Jones Day argues that federal law on smoking lawsuits should preempt state laws

recently argued before the Florida Supreme Court that in Florida courts, the liability and negligence claims of smokers are preempted by federal law. Katsas was arguing for tobacco company R.J. Reynolds in a lawsuit filed by Phil Marotta whose father all
Florida Record (U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform)
added Nov 21, 2016 16:31
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Report: Florida adult, teen smoking rates hit record low

Ten years ago, Floridians voted in support of a state constitutional amendment to fund a tobacco education and use prevention program, now known as Tobacco Free Florida. The program has resulted in a significant decrease in smoking rates among adults and
Crestview (FL) News-Bulletin
added Nov 19, 2016 19:05
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[Florida] Appeals Court Scuttles Rare $8M Asbestos Verdict Against R.J. Reynolds, Crane Co.

A Florida appeals court has overturned a rare $8 million verdict in an asbestos-related mesothelioma lawsuit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Crane Co., finding that a trial court shouldn’t have allowed jurors to hear testimony from an expert whose o
Courtroom View Network (CVN)
added Nov 18, 2016 00:03
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[Florida] Judge Axes Boies Atty Sanctions Over Long Depostion ($$)

A Florida state judge nixed sanctions imposed against a Boies Schiller partner representing Philip Morris USA Inc. in a tobacco liability lawsuit who had argued that he wasn’t even present when the judge decided that sanctions were warranted.
Law360
added Nov 17, 2016 23:02
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