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[Florida] US Customs & Border Protection Are Chopping Cigars In Half

Cigars are being destroyed at the Port of Miami and it appears that US Customs and Border Protection are behind it. Earlier this week a shipment from Davidoff reached a retailer in New Hampshire. The normal packing tape was replaced with green tape deno
The Cigar Authority
added Aug 15, 2016 01:31
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[Florida] Split Decision: Philip Morris Hit for $1.5M, but RJR Cleared in Trial Over Fatal Cancer

A Florida jury Tuesday found nicotine addiction and Philip Morris cigarettes caused a 40-year smoker's fatal cancer and awarded her widower $1.5 million in compensatory damages. But, it rejected any punitive payout and cleared R.J. Reynolds of liability.
Courtroom View Network (CVN)
added Jul 21, 2016 13:43
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[Florida] Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs ($$)

Lions of the courtroom were out in force this week, winning over juries in an Engle progeny case... Lions Counsel for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Philip Morris USA Inc. won a round in a nearly $5...
Law360
added Jul 7, 2016 23:19
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[Florida] $133K Award a Sliver of the Millions Sought in Cancer Trial Against Tobacco Companies

Jurors awarded $133,300 to the family of Myra Sermons after concluding nicotine addiction and decades of smoking cigarettes made by R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris caused Sermons’ lung cancer and emphysema. Sermons began smoking at about 18 and continue
Courtroom View Network (CVN)
added Jul 7, 2016 23:01
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[North Carolina] Senator asks FDA for clarity on consequences of new e-cig rules

A Republican Senate committee chairman has sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration asking “for assistance in understanding the consequences” of its new rules on electronic cigarettes and vaporizers. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and chairman of the
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal
added May 27, 2016 11:41
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[Florida] BREAKING UPDATE: $10M Punitive Verdict Boosts Award Against RJR to $13M in Fatal COPD Trial

The punitive verdict, which exceeded the $8.8 million in punitives Kelley/Uustal's Eric Rosen requested in Friday morning's closings, followed about an hour of deliberations.
Courtroom View Network (CVN)
added Apr 23, 2016 17:43
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[Florida] Fla. Justices Lower Smokers' Hurdle For Engle Class Eligibility ($$)

Supreme Court expanded punitive damages for Engle progeny plaintiffs, tobacco companies were dealt another blow Thursday as the court ruled that a smoker did not need an official diagnosis before the cutoff date for membership in the original Engle class.
Law360
added Mar 25, 2016 05:50
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[Florida] Tobacco Cos. Owe Computer Whiz's Family $12.5M, Jury Told ($$)

Relatives of a computer analyst who died of lung cancer urged a Florida jury to award it a $12.5 million verdict plus punitive damages in its trial against Philip Morris USA Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., arguing that the companies' cigarettes killed
Law360
added Feb 11, 2016 18:36
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[Florida] 11th Circ. Will Still Rehear Engle Case After Judge's Recusal ($$)

Chief Judge Ed Carnes discovered that he may be recused and, “in an abundance of caution,” removed himself from the proceedings, vacating the Jan. 21 decision. However, after a revote, the 10 remaining circuit judges again granted rehearing en banc, accor
Law360
added Feb 3, 2016 14:57
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Capitol Notebook: Maine DHHS a no-show for tobacco-fund hearings

Lawmakers reviewing the Fund for a Healthy Maine have been frustrated that staffers from the Department of Health and Human Services have refused to appear before their committee. Rep. Roberta Beavers, a South Berwick Democrat, was among those annoyed th
Falmouth (ME) Forecaster
added Nov 16, 2015 22:18
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