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[Florida] Justices Deal Blow To Tobacco Industry

Ruling in a Broward County case that involved the lung-cancer death of a smoker, the Supreme Court ruled that federal law does not prevent strict-liability and negligence claims in what are known as "Engle progeny" lawsuits in Florida.
WUSF (Tampa Bay, FL)
added Apr 10, 2017 15:50
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[Florida] Jurors Hit RJR with $3M Compensatory Verdict, Deadlock on Punitives in Trial Over Smoker's Fatal Cancer

A day after awarding $3 million in compensatory damages for the role R.J. Reynolds played in the lung cancer death of a 46-year-old smoker, Florida state court jurors Wednesday declared themselves at an impasse over punitive damages, forcing a mistrial in
Courtroom View Network (CVN)
added Mar 30, 2017 11:10
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[Florida] $5.4M Verdict, Plus Potential Punitives, Slaps Tobacco Cos. for Woman's Lung Cancer Death

Jurors awarded $5.4 million in compensatory damages to the family of a 2-pack-a-day smoker who died of lung cancer, and found punitive damages potentially warranted after concluding the nation's largest tobacco companies concealed the dangers of the cigar
Courtroom View Network (CVN)
added Feb 17, 2017 04:30
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[Florida] $6M+ Award to Smoker's Widower After $650K Punitive Verdict Against Tobacco Cos.

Friday awarded $650,000 in punitive damages on top of a nearly $5.5 million compensatory judgment earlier in the week to the widower of a woman with a half-century smoking habit that left her with coronary heart disease and lung cancer. Martin v. Philip
Courtroom View Network (CVN)
added Nov 23, 2016 18:10
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[Pennsylvania] EDITORIAL: Fair taxation  just so much cigar smoke

what’s a Pennsylvania budget without some special-interest favoritism? Lawmakers rejected a tax on cigars while raising or establishing taxes on all other tobacco products...tobacco lobbyists have spent millions of dollars in Harrisburg warding off the ci
Scranton (PA) Times-Tribune
added Jul 27, 2016 13:44
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HERNANDEZ: Why The Florida Supreme Court Shouldn't Undo Daubert

There have also been significant and noteworthy trial court orders addressing Daubert...judge entirely excluded an addiction expert in a tobacco litigation matter. See Wendel v. R.J. Reynolds...finding the expert was unqualified to opine on nicotine addic
Law360
added Jul 16, 2016 01:43
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[Florida] RJR, Philip Morris Ask 11th Circ. To Curb Engle Liability ($$)

R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris told the Eleventh Circuit Tuesday that allowing individual plaintiffs to use the landmark Engle tobacco class action's jury findings — which they called “ambiguous on their face” — to establish strict liability and negligen
Law360
added Jun 23, 2016 03:46
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[Florida] BREAKING: Smoking Lawyer's Widow, Kids Awarded $21M In Engle Trial ($$)

A Florida jury awarded $21 million to the widow and children of a chain-smoking lawyer who died of lung cancer, finding R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Philip Morris USA Inc. liable for his death and saying the companies also deserved punitive damages. The
Law360
added Apr 27, 2016 20:26
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[North Carolina] ITG confirms production job cuts are coming

ITG employees were told during a meeting Wednesday that the reciprocal manufacturing is likely coming to an end as early as June. Reynolds had no comment when asked about the end of reciprocal manufacturing. Employees were reminded that ITG Brands has, b
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal
added Feb 18, 2016 10:59
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[Texas] EDITORIAL: A new smoking ban won’t solve these problems

Protecting the nonsmoking public from secondhand tobacco smoke, a stellar motive, isn't the motive. The desired outcome is to deter loitering outside City Hall by people who aren't there to conduct City Hall-related business.
Corpus Christi (TX) Caller-Times
added Sep 22, 2015 11:14
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