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[Florida] Attorney Chestnut found in contempt

A Florida judge has found attorney Christopher Chestnut in contempt of court for failing to supply information that would help pay another law firm a cut from a $23 billion verdict against a tobacco company back in 2014. Martin County court documents sh
Gainesville (FL) Sun
added Jan 25, 2018 04:44
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RICH: Florida, raise the smoking age to 21

About 350 kids under the age of 18 become regular smokers each day — one in three will eventually die as a result. We should do everything we can to prevent young people from smoking and save lives. Increasing the tobacco age to 21 will help achieve thes
Orlando (FL) Sentinel
added Jan 25, 2018 02:10
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[Florida] Fla. Supreme Court Rejects RJR's Appeal Of $13.5M Verdict ($$)

and ordered the tobacco company to pay the family's attorneys' fees for the appeal. Florida's highest court declined to accept jurisdiction in the case, leaving in place a Third District Court of Appeal decision that affirmed $13.5 million in damages aga
Law360
added Jan 24, 2018 04:47
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VIDEO: MANN: The problem with raiding Tobacco Free Florida funds for cancer research

The money that funds Tobacco Free Florida has proven to be money well spent. Independent evaluations have shown that appropriated funds have been used effectively and efficiently. Florida is the third most populous state and continues to grow daily. Yet
Ft. Lauderdale (FL) Sun-Sentinel
added Jan 19, 2018 09:59
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[Florida] Firms Deserve $9M Fine For ‘Baseless’ Engle Suits: Report ($$)

A special master on Friday told a Florida federal court that it shouldn’t change a $9.1 million sanctions order against two law firms for filing and maintaining "baseless" tobacco lawsuits, saying the sanctions would compensate the public for the cost of
Law360
added Jan 18, 2018 07:09
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[Florida] Battle Over Whether Smoking or Dental Problems Caused Man's Fatal Mouth Cancer, as Trial Against RJR Begins

R.J. Reynolds’ role in a broad scheme to hide the dangers of cigarettes ultimately caused the mouth cancer that killed a 53-year-old Florida smoker, an attorney for the smoker’s widow claimed Thursday as trial began against the tobacco giant. Kelsey v. R.
Courtroom View Network (CVN)
added Jan 12, 2018 22:14
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[Florida] Fla. Court Affirms New Trial In $3M Tobacco Case ($$)

A Florida appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a trial court's decision to order a new trial in a smoker's case against tobacco companies that resulted in a $3 million award because the tobacco companies were unable to sufficiently question potential juror
Law360
added Jan 11, 2018 19:33
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[Florida] RJR Ordered To Continue Fla. Tobacco Payments ($$)

A Florida judge has ruled that R.J. Reynolds must continue making annual tobacco settlement payments to the state for the Winston, Kool and Salem cigarette brands that the company sold to ITG Brands LLC for $7 billion.
Law360
added Jan 11, 2018 02:27
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[Florida] Firing Ex-Tobacco Atty Doesn’t Fix Engle Case Conflict: Court ($$)

A Florida law firm made no “proactive effort” to spot potential conflicts with its Engle progeny cases when it hired a lawyer who had done work for tobacco companies and was rightly disqualified, a Florida state appeals court said in a recent decision. A
Law360
added Jan 11, 2018 02:26
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Florida judge rules Reynolds retains MSA payment responsibility for four sold brands

At stake is $78 million in MSA payments that Florida has been due since the June 2015 closing of Reynolds’ $29.25 billion purchase of Lorillard Inc., Attorney General Pam Bondi said. Reynolds divested Kool, Salem and Winston, while Lorillard divested Ma
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal
added Jan 1, 2018 11:49
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