On September 13, 2019, U.S. District Judge James G. Carr ordered tobacco giant Philip Morris USA Inc., to finally pay up on a $20 million verdict won against it by now-deceased former smoker, Judith Berger, saying that the company’s arguments for a new trial “served no other purpose than to delay payment of the judgment” it had been ordered to pay. [Read more…]
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.
In the last two months, two separate juries in federal court in Florida have awarded plaintiffs represented by Lieff Cabraser a total of $68 million in compensatory and punitive damages against major tobacco companies. The lawsuits charged that the tobacco companies engaged in a 50-year conspiracy to mislead the public about the hazards of smoking.
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…]
A federal court jury in Florida has awarded Judith Berger $27,010,000.14 in damages in a lawsuit against Philip Morris USA Inc. Mrs. Berger began smoking in 1958 when she was 14 years old and was smoking a pack a day by age 16. Evidence was shown at trial that 90 percent of daily cigarette smokers start smoking as teenagers and the tobacco industry targets youth in their advertisements for this very reason. The verdict included 20,760,000 dollars and 14 cents in punitive damages. [Read more…]