Over the last few decades, the use of specialized appellate lawyers has grown dramatically.
The U.S. Supreme Court will not review a $20 million product liability judgment against R.J. Reynolds and Liggett Group, declining the tobacco giants’ invitation to decide whether Florida’s procedures for handling smoker claims violate due process.
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.
A jury has awarded $41 million to the wife of a man who died from lung cancer in 1995 – a verdict that broke a recent string of low verdicts and hung juries in the ongoing Engle progeny litigation against tobacco companies. The decedent began smoking in 1950 at the age of 14 and was apportioned 20 percent fault.
Philip Morris will not have to pay $2 million to the husband of a deceased smoker after a Florida appeals court decided last week that his lawsuit was barred by the state’s statute of limitations.
The defense triumphed in the first individual tobacco trial held in Florida federal court.
Philip Morris USA has announced a unanimous verdict in its favor in the first individual smoking case to be tried in Alaska.
A large-scale tobacco suit on behalf of more than 600 plaintiffs ended in a mistrial last week.
The tobacco industry defendants have won two more defense verdicts in the individual trials in Florida known as the Engle litigation.
As the individual tobacco trials in Florida roll on, the mixed results continue.
One jury recently sided with the defense in the case of a man who died of emphysema, while a second jury awarded $1.5 million to a plaintiff who died of esophageal cancer.