Long-time smokers could not sue Philip Morris for manufacturing cigarettes that allegedly contained unnecessarily dangerous levels of carcinogens, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in affirming a dismissal.
The Department of Justice has decided not to appeal a court decision striking down the Food and Drug Administration’s new graphic warnings on cigarette packages on First Amendment grounds.
A Florida appeals court has upheld a $15.2 million jury award to the family of a two-pack-a-day smoker who died from lung cancer.
In affirming the judgment last month, the Florida Court of Appeal (1st District) decided that the wrongful death suit against Lorillard Tobacco Company was properly tried as an Engle progeny case.
A Florida appeals court has overturned a jury’s award of $16.2 million in punitive damages to a now-deceased cigarette smoker, concluding that Philip Morris should have been allowed to present a statute of repose defense to the smoker’s fraud-based conspiracy claim.
A federal judge has ordered the nation’s top cigarette makers to issue public statements to correct decades of “false and misleading” claims about the dangers and addictiveness of smoking.
Johnnie Calloway hadn’t started high school when he and his brother snuck their first cigarettes. At age 59, the cement worker died of heart disease and bladder cancer, still smoking two packs a day.
On May 31, his widow and daughter were awarded $75 million by a Broward County, Fla. jury in the latest of the Engle cases to go to trial.
A Florida appellate panel has overturned a $5 million award of punitive damages against Philip Morris in the first individual case to go to trial under the state’s court-imposed procedures for product liability suits against cigarette manufacturers.
Lorillard Inc., the maker of Newport cigarettes, was ordered to pay a Florida widow $25 million in punitive damages by a Miami jury, the week after she was awarded $16 million in compensatory damages.
The defense triumphed in the first individual tobacco trial held in Florida federal court.