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[Florida] Voters could decide tobacco, `certificate of need’ issues

A panel of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission approved separate proposed constitutional amendments that would alter how much money is set aside for anti-smoking programs
Florida Politics
added Dec 16, 2017 19:59

Florida Supreme Court Refuses To Take Up Tobacco Case

In a victory for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, the Florida Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a case that initially involved a more than $23 billion verdict...A three-judge panel of the appeals court blasted an attorney for the estate, pointing
WJCT Public Broadcasting (Jacksonville, FL)
added Dec 16, 2017 00:41

Oklahoma's health rankings improve based on smoking, infant health

Oklahoma is no longer one of the five least-healthy states in the country. The state is still in the bottom 10, but decreases in the rates of smoking and low birth weight moved it up three spots, to 43rd. Only Utah and Florida had a larger positive chang
The Oklahoman
added Dec 15, 2017 03:05

[Florida] Engle Progeny Plaintiff Files Notice Of Appeal Following Defense Verdict ($$)

filed a notice of appeal with Florida’s Fourth Appellate District Court on Dec. 4, saying the trial court erred in denying her motion for a new trial (Doris E. Shadd v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., 4D17-3735, Fla. App., 4th Dist.).
Lexis Nexis
added Dec 13, 2017 13:40

Florida Supreme Court Denies Petition For Review In Engle Progeny Suit ($$)

without explanation, denied an Engle progeny plaintiff’s petition for review in appealing a lower court’s decision to vacate a $16.8 million verdict and grant a new trial in a tobacco suit (Cynthia Robinson v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., No. SC17-1130, Fla
Lexis Nexis
added Dec 13, 2017 13:32

Florida Jury Awards $806,000 To Plaintiff In Tobacco Suit ($$)

awarded $225,000 in punitive damages to an Engle progeny plaintiff, bringing the total award to a widow whose husband died from coronary artery disease to $806,000 (Veda Bryant v. Philip Morris USA Inc., No. 2015-CA-001691, Fla. Cir., 1st Jud., Escambia C
Lexis Nexis
added Dec 11, 2017 22:06

[Florida, North Carolina] Reynolds gains partial win in dispute over MSA payments

received a partial, but pivotal, legal victory last week in its fight against making millions of dollars in annual Master Settlement Agreement payments to Florida on traditional cigarette brands that it no longer owns. Andre Broussard, a chancellor in th
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal
added Dec 7, 2017 23:38

[Florida] Fla. Supreme Court denies appeal of $23B punitive damages against Reynolds

As a result of Monday’s 5-2 ruling, it appears Reynolds and Cynthia Robinson are headed toward the new Engle progeny trial ordered Feb. 24 by the Florida First District Court of Appeals. The justices declined to accept jurisdiction of the lawsuit in a o
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal
added Dec 7, 2017 04:18

Florida justices agree to weigh damages in Boynton smoker’s death

Justices, in a 4-3 decision Tuesday, agreed to consider an appeal in a case filed against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. by Gwendolyn Odom of Delray Beach, whose mother, Juanita Thurston of Boynton Beach, died of lung cancer after smoking cigarettes.
Palm Beach (FL) Post
added Dec 7, 2017 00:25

Florida Supreme Court declines to hear $23 billion Escambia County tobacco lawsuit

The 5-2 decision means a lower court ruling tossing out the verdict and ordering a new trial will stand. Cynthia Robinson filed a lawsuit in 2008 against the tobacco company over the death of her husband, Michael Johnson Sr., from lung cancer in 1996.
Pensacola (FL) News Journal
added Dec 6, 2017 00:06
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