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Bill to Let Florida Cities Ban Playground Smoking Is Stalled

He pinned the bills' lack of progression on strong lobbying by the tobacco industry. The House bill (HB 309) was referred to two committees and the Health Quality Subcommittee. None of them have voted to advance it. The subcommittee doesn't have any mor
Lakeland (FL) Ledger
added Mar 28, 2014 11:21

Florida Supreme Court tosses out medical malpractice cap on damages

Florida’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a 2003 law limiting “noneconomic” damages in medical malpractice cases violated the state Constitution. The 5-2 ruling, written by Justice R. Fred Lewis, effectively removes the cap, but will not benefit victims
Tampa Bay (FL) Times
added Mar 19, 2014 15:04

[Florida] Fla. Supreme Court Tosses Out Medical Malpractice Caps In Wrongful Death Suits

dropped a bomb on the Florida Legislature Thursday morning when it ruled that a 2003 law limiting damages in wrongful death medical-malpractice lawsuits is unconstitutional.
CBS Local CBS4/TV33
added Mar 19, 2014 15:00

SAMAKOW: Florida Supreme Court overturns damage liability limits

has overturned a 2003 law that limited the amount of compensation survivors could recover in wrongful death cases. .. “frivolous lawsuits,” and “greedy trial lawyers” were used to influence state legislators to pass laws limiting the responsibility of neg
Communities Digital News
added Mar 19, 2014 14:54

Florida Senate votes to ban e-cigarette sales to minors

It would be illegal to give or sell electronic cigarettes to minors under a bill approved by the Florida Senate. The bill passed unanimously Tuesday with no debate. It adds electronic cigarettes to the law that bans the sale of tobacco products to minors
Bradenton (FL) Herald
added Mar 19, 2014 13:45

Altria to Host Webcast from the Consumer Analyst Group of New York Conference

will host a webcast of its business presentation at the annual Consumer Analyst Group of New York conference in Boca Raton, Florida on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at approximately 9:15 a.m. Eastern Time.
Altria Group, Inc.
added Feb 6, 2014 12:23

[Florida] Miami Widow Sues Philip Morris Over Smoker's Death ($$)

Philip Morris USA Inc. and two Miami-area gas stations were hit Friday with a wrongful death suit in Florida state court by the widow of a smoker who died of lung cancer claiming the companies are responsible for his death.
added Feb 4, 2014 14:35

[Florida] Former Smoker Awarded $5M, Blames Heart Disease On Cigarettes

The law firm representing a smoker who won a $5 million verdict said the award marks the first time a Florida jury has blamed cigarettes for heart disease. Retired auto mechanic Antonio CuCulino, 69, of Ramrod Key, who was diagnosed with heart disease in (Daily Business Review)
added Jan 25, 2014 21:06

[Florida] Surgeon General Makes 'Light' Cigs Tempting Lawsuit Target ($$)

The U.S. surgeon general's landmark finding last week that filtered cigarettes may actually increase the risk of lung cancer could lead to a flurry of new lawsuits against tobacco companies and even expand cigarette litigation outside of Florida, where it
added Jan 24, 2014 15:52


Black newspaper owners make moves in Tallahassee and D.C. to get their fair share of an estimated $30 million in federal anti-tobacco ads and millions in state advertising, just as Gov. Rick Scott pushes to increase Visit Florida’s tourist ad budget to $
Florida Courier
added Jan 23, 2014 14:27
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