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Tobacco Jury Verdict Overturn in Florida

Appeals noted that Calloway's lawyer "pushed the envelope" with his "argumentative" opening statement and "attack on defense witnesses. " The lawyer's comments "injected potential error at every turn, and nearly caused us to reverse the judgment."
Courthouse News
added Jan 8, 2016 21:52
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[Massachusetts] $609M False Advertising Class Action Over Marlboro Lights Nicotine Levels Goes To Trial

began Monday in a long-running class action filed in 1998 on behalf of nearly 200,000 Massachusetts smokers seeking up to $609 million from tobacco giant Philip Morris USA for allegedly duping them by falsely claiming that Marlboro Light brand cigarettes
Courtroom View Network (CVN)
added Oct 20, 2015 13:53
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[Massachusetts] SUMMARY OF AMENDED CIGARETTE, CIGAR, SMOKELESS TOBACCO, AND ELECTRONIC SMOKING DEVICE REGULATIONS (PDF)

Covered businesses must sell all covered products in the following manner: • Placement/display: all products must be placed out of the reach of all customers, and in a location only accessible by retail personnel. • Face-to-face sales: all products m
Massachusetts Attorney General's Office
added Sep 16, 2015 17:48
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[Florida] Team Wins $14.5 Million Verdict for Broward Smoker

A Weston woman who developed oral cancer after smoking for more than 30 years obtained a $14.5 million verdict—including $8 million in compensatory damages and $6.5 million in punitives... "A monumental and historical result for a foreign-born smoker of
floridabiz.com (Daily Business Review)
added Jul 25, 2015 21:49
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[Florida] Judge thrown off tobacco case due to ‘hostility’ against attorney

The alleged exchange, which was confirmed by Schlesinger’s law partner, illustrates ongoing animosity and justifies Perrotto’s claims that she can’t get a fair shake from Sasser, the appeals court said. The ruling means another judge will review the tria
Palm Beach (FL) Post
added Jul 16, 2015 01:17
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[Florida] Pioneering Plaintiff's Lawyer Is the Feature on this Week's Engle Trading Card

This week's attorney: First appeared before CVN courtroom cameras in 2011. Tried 4 of his 5 CVN Engle cases in the 11th Judicial Circuit. Successfully tried the first Engle claim involving coronary disease. 2015_GUESS_WHO_ENGLE_CARD2_web
Courtroom View Network (CVN)
added Jun 11, 2015 13:41
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[Florida] America's oldest veteran celebrates 109th birthday with milkshakes, cigars

Richard Overton, a World War II veteran from Austin, will turn 109 on May 11. He started celebrating early on Sunday with a backyard bash, KVUE reported.
New York Daily News
added May 6, 2015 13:26
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[Florida] Gary Paige of Gordon & Doner and Alex Alvarez of Alvarez Law Firm Obtain $46.5 Million in Compensatory and Punitive Damages against R.J. Reynolds in Big Tobacco Lawsuit

Jurors find R.J. Reynolds liable and award Thomas and Bettye Ryan $21.5 million in compensatory and $25 million in punitive damages for smoking-related COPD.
PR Newswire
added Apr 22, 2015 18:44
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[Florida] RJ Reynolds' $8.5M Engle Loss Upheld By Fla. Appeals Court ($$)

Because we find that sufficient evidence existed for the jury to conclude that Mr. Ballard was addicted to Reynolds' cigarettes containing nicotine, and that this addiction was the legal cause of his bladder cancer, the trial court properly denied Reynold
Law360
added Mar 19, 2015 12:21
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[Florida] 2015 Legislative Session Preview: Big tobacco, Brecht Heuchan, and the most interesting food fight this Session

an issue already creating an economic boomlet for several Capitol lobbyists on both sides of the matter; an issue that may be the most interesting food fight of the 2015 Legislative Session. At issue is the decertified Engle v. Liggett Group class action
St. Petersburg (FL) Times blogs
added Mar 1, 2015 16:36
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