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[Florida] $23B Verdict Pushes Big Tobacco To Rethink Engle Strategy ($$)

experts say the unprecedented size of the award could still nudge Big Tobacco toward settling cases in Florida. After a four-week trial, a Florida state court jury slammed the tobacco giant Friday with the largest award in any Engle tobacco case in a wro
added Jul 22, 2014 12:40

[Florida] Holy Smokes! Fla. Jury Socks RJR With $23.6 Billion Verdict ($$)

The lead lawyer behind Friday’s outsized verdict is Willie Gary of Gary, Williams, Parenti, & Watson, the Florida plaintiffs lawyer known for his extravagant style and his private Boeing 737, “Wings of Justice II.” “We hope that this verdict will send a
added Jul 21, 2014 13:20

Stocks: 5 things to know before the open

Shares in tobacco giants Reynolds American (RAI) and Philip Morris International (PM) were falling heavily premarket after a Florida jury ordered R.J. Reynolds Tobacco to pay $23.6 billion to the widow of a long-time smoker who died of lung cancer.
added Jul 21, 2014 12:36

Florida widow wins $23.6 bn in RJ Reynolds tobacco payout

"RJ Reynolds took a calculated risk by manufacturing cigarettes and selling them to consumers without properly informing them of the hazards," Robinson's lawyer Willie Gary said in a statement. "As a result of their negligence, my client's husband suffe
AFP - Agence France Presse (fr)
added Jul 20, 2014 09:21

Florida jury awards more than $23-billion to smoker’s widow in lawsuit

“I would rather see the tobacco industry punished to the tune of $24-billion than see them spend $25-billion to consolidate their power,” said Scott P. Schlesinger, a Fort Lauderdale attorney who has sued tobacco companies in Florida.
AP - Associated Press
added Jul 20, 2014 09:15

Jury Awards $23.6 Billion in Florida Smoking Case

Robinson...sued R. J. Reynolds the maker of the Kool brand cigarettes her husband had smoked...The four-week trial ended Wednesday. .. “The jury was outraged with the concealment and the conspiracy to conceal that smoking was not only addictive but that t
New York Times
added Jul 20, 2014 09:08

Florida jury awards $23 billion punitive damages against RJ Reynolds

The judgment, returned on Friday night, was the largest in Florida history in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by a single plaintiff... Johnson...died of lung cancer in 1996 at age 36, smoked one to three packs a day for more 20 years, starting at age 13,
added Jul 19, 2014 23:43

[Florida] Reynolds on losing end of Engle progeny case

a jury verdict involving another Engle progeny case in Florida, according to The jury determined Robinson’s husband was 30 percent responsible for his own illness. However, the jury found in favor of the plaintiff regarding conspiracy and
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal
added Jul 19, 2014 04:12

[Florida] Nelson joins bill to regulate e-cigarette nicotine bottles

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, D-Florida, announced Friday he has joined other lawmakers in filing new legislation designed to regulate those bottles, and make them child-proof to prevent kids from getting into them. But long term, Senator Nelson says e-ciga
Baynews 9 (Tampa, FL)
added Jul 13, 2014 13:50

Smoking in literature – quiz

This day in 1999 saw a landmark ruling against the tobacco industry, with a Miami jury later awarding $145bn damages to 500,000 Florida smokers. Can you light up the scoreboard with your knowledge of tobacco in literature?
The Guardian (uk)
added Jul 7, 2014 21:45
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