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Robert W. Kelley: Record-setting tobacco verdict

Lawyers in Florida have been fighting over individual tobacco trials for more than a decade. But when cases finally started being tried this year, the verdicts ranged from just over a million to $30 million - pocket change for the tobacco industry. That changed in November, when Robert W. Kelley won $300 million for Cindy Naugle, a 61-year-old suffering from emphysema so severe that she had to stop and catch her breath after walking to the witness stand to testify at trial. The record-setting verdict - currently the largest individual plaintiff's victory in a tobacco suit - will hopefully encourage the tobacco companies to settle the thousands of Engle cases that remain, Kelley said.

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Fla. widow awarded $28M in tobacco suit

A Florida jury has ordered tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds to pay $28.3 million to a Pensacola widow whose husband died of lung cancer. The six-member jury on Friday awarded $5 million in compensation to Hilda Martin, the widow of Benny ...

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