American Association for Justice Reports on Eleventh Circuit’s Support of $20M Tobacco Injury Case Punitive Damages Ruling

Article includes commentary from Lieff Cabraser Nashville partner Kenny Byrd, who represented the plaintiff The AAJ reports that the Eleventh Circuit has found in favor of the plaintiff in an Engle progeny tobacco injury lawsuit against cigarette manufacturer Philip Morris, holding that a punitive damages award of over $20 million was constitutionally appropriate and not

2021-05-10T23:26:03+00:00February 19th, 2021|Personal Injury, Tobacco Litigation|

Plaintiffs Announce Proposed $2 Billion Class Settlement in Monsanto Roundup™ Injury Litigation

Proposed settlement with Monsanto will provide up to $2 billion for an initial four-year period to thousands of potential claimants who have been or will be diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) and had exposures to Monsanto’s Roundup™ Proposed class counsel Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, Audet & Partners, LLP, The Dugan Law Firm, LLC,

2021-05-10T23:36:44+00:00February 3rd, 2021|Personal Injury|

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Extending Look Back Window in NY for Child Victims Act

In August 2020, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation (S7082/A9036) extending the look back window for victims to file claims under the Child Victims Act in New York state, regardless of when or how long ago the alleged abuse occurred. Since going into effect last year, the Child Victims Act has provided an avenue for

2021-05-10T23:38:57+00:00February 2nd, 2021|Personal Injury, Sexual Abuse|

Kenneth Byrd Comments on Eleventh Circuit’s Upholding of Punitive and Compensatory Damages in Florida Tobacco Litigation

As reported by Law.com (subscription), the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld an award of $6.25 million in compensatory damages and $20.7 million in punitive damages against tobacco giants R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris in favor of a now-deceased former smoker, Judith Berger. The panel found that the punitive damages award was within constitutional limits and

2021-05-10T23:43:51+00:00January 26th, 2021|Personal Injury, Tobacco Litigation|

11th Circuit Upholds $20M Verdict Against Phillip Morris for Injured Smoker in Florida Tobacco Litigation

As reported by Law360 (subscription), the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a $20.7 million verdict against the tobacco giant Philip Morris in favor of a now-deceased former smoker, Judith Berger. The panel found that the $20.7 million award was within constitutional limits and not excessive, given various facts presented in the case, including that Phillip

2021-05-10T23:44:29+00:00January 20th, 2021|Personal Injury, Tobacco Litigation|

Judge Rules Juul and Altria Can’t Escape Majority of Plaintiffs’ Claims in Nationwide Juul E-Cigarette Fraud and Injury Litigation

As reported by Law360 (subscription), on October 23rd, 2020, U.S. District Judge William Orrick of the Northern District of California issued a ruling that plaintiffs in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) against Juul and Altria had adequately pled their cases, finding their public nuisance and negligence claims against the e-cigarette makers and marketers to be legitimate. Complaints against

2020-10-27T11:32:47+00:00October 27th, 2020|Personal Injury|

Lieff Cabraser Files Lawsuit Against JUUL & Altria on Behalf of the Yurok Tribe for Deceptive Youth Targeting and Devastating Injuries from JUUL E-Cigarettes

Lawsuit includes allegations that JUUL and Altria deliberately targeted vulnerable native populations Lieff Cabraser and its co-counsel, Zwerling Schachter & Zwerling LLP, have filed a federal lawsuit in the Northern District of California on behalf of the California Yurok Tribe against JUUL and Altria for violations of the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act

2020-10-20T08:47:44+00:00October 20th, 2020|Personal Injury, Tobacco Litigation|

Lieff Cabraser Files RICO, Negligence, Nuisance Lawsuit Against JUUL & Altria on Behalf of Boulder Valley (Colorado) School District for Deceptive and Misleading Youth Targeting and Devastating Injuries from JUUL E-Cigarettes

Lawsuit includes allegations that JUUL and Altria deliberately and expressly sought to develop and market the blockbuster sequel to combustible cigarettes, the “Most Successful Consumer Product of All Time” September 15, 2020, Denver, Colorado—(BUSINESSWIRE)—Lieff Cabraser announces that it has filed a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Colorado against JUUL and Altria on behalf

2020-09-18T12:33:56+00:00September 18th, 2020|Personal Injury, Tobacco Litigation|

11th Circuit Upholds $2 Million Plaintiff’s Injury Verdict Against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco

As reported by Law360 (subscription required), the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a $2.12M verdict against the tobacco company R.J. Reynolds in favor of a smoker’s widow. The three judge panel also said she was entitled to a new trial on punitive damages in her Engle progeny case, that is, a trial that

2020-09-16T13:45:12+00:00September 16th, 2020|Personal Injury, Tobacco Litigation|

Vaping Seen to Dramatically Increase Chances of Contracting Covid-19, Intensification of Coronavirus Illness

Emerging data on coronavirus indicate radically heightened risks, particularly for young vapers and smokers The New York Times reports that experts are warning the corona virus and its attendant respiratory disease are more easily contracted by and can cause elevated damage to the already-scarred lungs of smokers and vapers. Several new studies have found that

2020-09-08T16:41:20+00:00September 8th, 2020|Consumer Fraud, Defective Products, Personal Injury|