The verdict, which totaled $152 million, was one of Lawyers USA’s Top Ten Jury Verdicts of 2011.
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 due process rights of tobacco defendants were not violated by the application of jury findings from a landmark class action to an individual claim alleging the wrongful death of a longtime cigarette smoker, the Florida Supreme Court has ruled in answering a certified question from a lower state court.
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.
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 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.
A product liability suit concerning the death of a long-time cigarette smoker was not barred by the state’s four-year statute of limitations, the Florida Court of Appeal has ruled on rehearing.
A smoker who died from lung cancer in his home state of Virginia may have been a member of one of the Florida classes certified for product liability claims against the tobacco industry, the Florida Court of Appeal has ruled in reversing a summary judgment.
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.