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A Florida Jury Awards Widow More Than $23 Billion in Punitive Damages in a Lawsuit Brought Against Tobacco Maker, R.J. Reynolds, Parker Waichman LLP Comments
Date:7/25/2014

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The case was, at one time, one of thousands of tobacco claims to arise from the Engle v. Liggett Group Inc. case, a large class action lawsuit filed on behalf of Florida citizens who suffered from smoking-related illnesses in 1994 (Case No.: No. SC03-1856, Florida Supreme Court). In 2000, a jury returned a verdict for the Engle plaintiffs, including $145 billion in punitive damages. In 2004, an appellate court overturned the jury’s decision and reversed the award. In 2006, the Florida Supreme Court upheld the appellate court decision and de-certified the class; however, the Supreme Court ruled that members of the original lawsuit would be allowed to file individual lawsuits against tobacco companies using the findings from the Engle case that included that cigarette smoking causes cancer, that nicotine is addictive, and that tobacco companies sold defective and unreasonably dangerous cigarettes.

“We are happy that the justice system continues to recognize that cigarettes are dangerous,” said Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney at Parker Waichman LLP. “These verdicts should be sending a strong message to the tobacco industry.”

Parker Waichman LLP is a leading personal injury law firm that represents plaintiffs nationwide. The firm has offices in New York; New Jersey; Florida; and Washington, D.C. For more than two decades, Parker Waichm
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