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.
After upholding a $37 million smoker award in June, a Florida appeals court had second thoughts, deciding Wednesday that passion and prejudice so influenced the jury that the only recourse is to grant Philip Morris a new trial on damages.
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 long-time cigarette smoker sufficiently showed reliance for the purpose of establishing a tobacco company’s liability for the fraudulent concealment of the health hazards of its products, the Florida Court of Appeal has ruled.
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.
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.
What a difference a jury instruction makes.
A retrial of a groundbreaking case brought by a smoker of low tar or “light” cigarettes against Philip Morris has resulted in a $25 million jury verdict.
The defense triumphed in the first individual tobacco trial held in Florida federal court.
A Multnomah County, Ore. jury has awarded $25 million in a low-tar tobacco verdict against Philip Morris.