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Florida Appeal Court Upholds $33M Judgment Against Lorillard Tobacco Co., Denying Its Request for a New Trial, Reports Parker Waichman LLP and Co-counsel
Date:9/4/2013

Bonita Springs, Florida (PRWEB) September 04, 2013

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers, and its co-counsel are pleased to report that Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal has today, Sept. 4, 2013, upheld a $33 million judgment against Lorillard Tobacco Co., according to court documents. The appeal court also rebuffed Lorillard’s request for a new trial, as well as its charges that the original lower court should have replaced a juror and failed to reduce what the tobacco company considered was an excessive award (Lorillard Tobacco Co. v. Dorothy Alexander, Case No.: 3D12-1593).

“On appeal, Lorillard basically reiterates its post-trial claims of error,” wrote the Third District Court of Appeal in the court documents. “Additionally, Lorillard now claims that it is entitled to a new trial on compensatory damages rather than the remittitur that it sought and received post-trial. Because we find Lorillard’s multiple arguments on appeal without merit; the remitted compensatory damages award in the amount of $10 million and the punitive damages award in the amount of $25 million are neither excessive nor unconstitutional; and the compensatory and punitive damages awards are supported by the manifest weight of the evidence, we affirm.”

Alexander was represented during the appeal by Jordan Chaikin of Parker Waichman LLP, Alex Alvarez of the Alvarez Law Firm, Gary Paige of Gordon & Doner PA, John Mills of The Mills Firm PA and Robert S. Glazier.

On appeal, Lorillard claimed that the trial court should have removed a juror who was acquainted with the daughter of plaintiff Dorothy Alexander, which was learned following voir dire, according to court documents. Another claim was centered on whether Lorillard had properly objected to the trial court's remittitur of the or
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