The Florida Supreme Court ruled this week that the widow of a smoker who died of lung cancer can seek punitive damages against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., marking a significant win for injured smokers and families of deceased smokers who have been fighting cigarette companies in Florida courts over the past 20 years.
The National Law Journal has named two verdicts achieved by Lieff Cabraser trial lawyers to its list of the Top Verdicts of 2014. Both trials occurred in federal court in Florida as part of the so-called Engle cases, the Florida class action filed against the cigarette companies in 1994.
Attorney Robert J. Nelson of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced today the settlement of more than 400 lawsuits filed by Florida smokers and their families against the major cigarette companies, Philip Morris USA Inc., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, and Lorillard Tobacco Company. [Read more…]
Damages Totaling $41.1 Million Returned In Florida Federal Court
Attorney Kenneth Byrd of the Nashville office of national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that a jury in federal court in Florida today returned a verdict of $41.1 million against Philip Morris USA Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company for conspiring for decades to conceal the hazards of smoking and the addictive nature of cigarettes. The jury award consists of $15.8 million in compensatory damages and punitive damages in the amounts of $15.7 million against Philip Morris and $9.6 million against RJ Reynolds. [Read more…]
The United States Supreme Court today denied R.J. Reynolds’ petition for a writ of certiorari in the federal Engle progeny litigation, along with petitions in nine state-court Engle progeny cases.