Defendant-Driven Delays in Florida Tobacco Injury May Leave Plaintiffs Without Justice

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A recent R.J. Reynolds financial filing indicates the tobacco giant faces more than 2,700 tobacco injury lawsuits that still await trial in Florida state courts. Because Florida provides special reduced appellate bond requirements for tobacco companies, there are more pending tobacco injury lawsuits in the Sunshine State than all other states combined. [Read more…]

Florida Supreme Court Rules Injured Smokers Can Seek Punitive Damages

Florida Supreme Court Rules Injured Smokers Can Seek Punitive Damages

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.

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Lieff Cabraser Achieves Two of Nation’s Largest 2014 Jury Verdicts

Lieff Cabraser Achieves Two of Nation's Largest 2014 Jury Verdicts

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.

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Jury Holds RJ Reynolds Accountable to Florida Widow

San Francisco — Attorney Sarah London of the San Francisco office of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that a jury in federal court in Florida last week returned a verdict of $6 million against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (“RJR”) for Ellen Gray, the wife of Henry Gray, who died at the age of 63 from lung cancer and other smoking-related diseases. [Read more…]

Consecutive Lieff Cabraser Victories in Florida Tobacco Trials

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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.

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Jurors Hold Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds Accountable for Engaging in 50-Year Conspiracy 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…]