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[Florida] FL Appeals Court Orders Cuts in Pair of Awards Against R.J. Reynolds, Philip Morris

A Florida appellate court this week cut a pair of Engle awards against the country’s two biggest tobacco companies, after concluding the trial judge in each case erred in not reducing their compensatory damages.
Courtroom View Network (CVN)
added Jan 7, 2017 02:31
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Florida Appellate Panel Remands Engle Suit To Disqualify Plaintiff’s Attorney ($$)

found a trial court erred in denying Philip Morris USA Inc.’s motion to dismiss the law firm representing her because one of her attorneys previously represented Philip Morris in similar lawsuits, which prevents him from being the plaintiff’s attorney und
Lexis Nexis
added Dec 9, 2016 05:07
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[Florida] Jones Day argues that federal law on smoking lawsuits should preempt state laws

recently argued before the Florida Supreme Court that in Florida courts, the liability and negligence claims of smokers are preempted by federal law. Katsas was arguing for tobacco company R.J. Reynolds in a lawsuit filed by Phil Marotta whose father all
Florida Record (U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform)
added Nov 21, 2016 16:31
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[Florida] $55M in punitive damages award against four tobacco companies overturned due to attorney misconduct

The Florida Court of Appeal for the Fourth District issued a new opinion overturning a nearly $55 million punitive damages award against four tobacco companies and ordering a new trial based primarily on its finding that the cumulative effect of plaintif
Wolters Kluwer
added Sep 30, 2016 12:54
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[Florida] Jury Hits R.J. Reynolds for $5M in Widow's Suit over Fatal Cancer

Jurors sided with the widow of a longtime Florida smoker who died of lung cancer, awarding her $5 million in compensatory damages and rejecting claims by the tobacco company that the lawsuit was time-barred. Mathis v. R.J. Reynolds, 2007-CA-47118.
Courtroom View Network (CVN)
added Aug 17, 2016 13:23
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[Canada] 'A desperate attempt': Australian advocate says plain packaging has worked Down Under

Postmedia talked to Kylie Lindorff...Countries like Canada can learn from Australia’s experience and tighten their legislation to make sure that tobacco industry innovations that have occurred in Australia to continue to promote their products cannot be e
Ottawa (Ont) Citizen (ca)
added Jul 24, 2016 15:31
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[Canada] Will plain-packaged smokes help bring about the 'endgame' for tobacco?

Plain packaging — now in Australia, the United Kingdom and France and being considered in 10 other countries from Sweden to Singapore — is a necessary step in ending “a tragedy of the 20th century,” according to Cynthia Callard of Physicians for a Smoke-
Ottawa (Ont) Citizen (ca)
added Jul 24, 2016 15:29
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[Florida] $35M Award Hammers Tobacco Giants in Trial over Airline Worker’s Fatal Cancer

Jurors awarded $35 million to the widower of an airline worker...includes $10 million in compensatory damages issued last Friday and Tuesday's $25 million punitive award, divided equally against R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris USA, makers of the cigarette
Courtroom View Network (CVN)
added Dec 23, 2015 22:23
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Florida appeals court revives $12.3 mln award for Engle plaintiff

reinstated $12.3 million in damages for the daughter of a deceased smoker, ruling that the trial court had erred by granting R.J. Reynolds' motion to toss a jury verdict finding the company had fraudulently concealed the dangers of cigarettes. In a unani
Reuters
added Nov 13, 2015 02:39
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Researchers call for retraction of NEJM paper showing dangers of e-cigarettes with 9 comments

Researchers and advocates are calling for the retraction of a 2015 letter in the New England Journal of Medicine that suggested that e-cigarettes are as harmful – if not more than – traditional cigarettes....that e-cigarettes expose smokers to significant
Retraction Watch (Adam Marcus blog)
added Sep 14, 2015 22:27
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