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[Florida] 11th Circuit Greenlights Smokers’ Suits Against Tobacco Companies

smokers who won a class action against tobacco companies can also file individual lawsuits. The court ruled 7-3 in favor of the smokers. There were some fireworks between the judges. Three wrote dissents. One called the process a “chaotic poker game” and
Daily Report
added May 19, 2017 21:13
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[Florida] Smoker's Actions Justify Limited Punitives, Engle Jury Finds ($$)

A Florida jury awarded only $400,000 in punitive damages on Friday against Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds after finding they concealed facts important to the health decisions of a smoker who died of lung cancer in 1995. The second-phase trial for puniti
Law360
added Feb 19, 2017 02:01
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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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[Florida] BREAKING: RJ Reynolds Hit With $12M Engle Verdict, Faces Punitives ($$)

awarded $12 million in compensatory damages to the widower of a woman who allegedly died of lung cancer after decades of smoking, finding that R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. also owes punitive damages for its role in concealing the dangers of tobacco...
Law360
added May 11, 2016 21:04
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[Florida] SOFFER. vs. R.J. REYNOLDS: ARE MEMBERS OF THE CLASS IN ENGLE V. LIGGETT...ENTITLED TO PURSUE AN AWARD OF PUNITIVE DAMAGES UNDER THEORIES OF NEGLIGENCE OR STRICT LIABILITY? (PDF)

Considered in light of the supreme court’s decision to allow Engle progeny plaintiffs to “initiate individual damages actions,” one simply cannot infer that the supreme court intended to place a limitation upon progeny plaintiffs’ ability to pursue pu
Supreme Court of Florida
added Mar 17, 2016 17:03
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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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AUDIO: CLERMONT TOBACCO FARMER KEEPING PIECE OF FLORIDA HISTORY ALIVE

Once the leaves are cured they’re shipped to factories in Nicaragua or the Dominican Republic where the cigars are made, then reimported and sold. What Borysiewicz gets back will be blended with tobacco from other regions to come up with different flavor
WMFE 90.7 FM (Orlando, FL)
added Aug 5, 2015 14:22
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[Louisiana] Cigar convention searches for places to smoke after the New Orleans smoking ban

  That group is holding its 83rd annual convention in New Orleans July 17-21 — its first in the city since the smoking ban went into effect. The law was specifically written to exclude the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center... "IPCPR is working closely w
Gambit (New Orleans, LA)
added Jun 26, 2015 15:21
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[North Carolina] Blu eCigs brand has lost market share

almost a year after Vuse's national rollout in June 2014, it's clear Cameron wasn't just bragging. According to Nielsen data as of May 16, Vuse has a 35.7 percent U.S. market share as measured by all distribution channels for e-cigs. Vuse is available at
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal
added May 30, 2015 12:54
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[North Carolina] Like A Brand Should? Winston places high in value ranking of N.C. corporate and product brands

Winston is third in the state with a brand value of $3.13 billion, down from $3.96 billion in 2014. It is ranked 193rd nationally ...Reynolds has agreed to sell Winston and two other brands -- Salem and Kool – to Imperial. Winston’s brand value is 60 per
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal
added May 25, 2015 10:50
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