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Court Upholds $12M In Punitive Damages In Tobacco Case

Sep 17, 2017
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Rejecting arguments by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company that the amount was “excessive,” a state appeals court Friday upheld a jury's award of $12.36 million in punitive damages in a smoking-related death.

Supreme Court Agrees To Take Up Asbestos Dispute

Jul 13, 2017
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In a dispute that focuses heavily on expert witnesses, a divided Florida Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case filed by a man who said he suffered mesothelioma because of exposure to asbestos in cigarette filters and other products.

Appeals Court Deals Blow To Tobacco Companies

May 21, 2017
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More than a decade after the Florida Supreme Court opened the floodgates for lawsuits against tobacco companies, an Atlanta-based appeals court this week rejected arguments that could have helped shield cigarette makers in legal battles about smoking-related illnesses and deaths.

Justices Deal Blow To Tobacco Industry

Apr 10, 2017
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As cigarette makers continue facing a barrage of lawsuits in Florida, state Supreme Court justices this week rejected arguments by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company that federal law should shield it from liability.

Appeals Court Orders New Trial In Tobacco Case

Feb 26, 2017
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In a sharply worded ruling, a state appeals court Friday ordered a new trial in the death of a smoker whose estate initially won a more than $23 billion verdict against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.

Bondi Goes To Court For Tobacco Payments

Jan 18, 2017
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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Wednesday asked a Palm Beach County circuit court to resolve a dispute about whether two tobacco companies have improperly avoided paying tens of millions of dollars to the state under a landmark 1997 settlement with the tobacco industry.

Appeals Court Overturns Verdict In Smoker's Death

Mar 24, 2016
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Pointing to improper comments during closing arguments, a state appeals court Wednesday overturned a multimillion-dollar verdict against tobacco companies in a lawsuit stemming from a smoker's death.

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A $100 million settlement has been reached between three major tobacco companies and hundreds of people who sued them for smoking-related deaths and illnesses in Florida federal court.

The tentative agreement announced Wednesday involves R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Philip Morris USA Inc. and Lorillard Tobacco Co. The deal resolves about 400 cases pending before a federal judge in Jacksonville, but does not affect thousands of other lawsuits pending in Florida state courts.

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America's biggest tobacco companies say they are ready and willing to pass along factual public health information about cigarettes.

But they say they will not go along with being forced to underwrite an ad campaign that would have the companies brand themselves as liars.

RJ Reynolds Fighting $23.6B in Damages

Jul 21, 2014

The nation's No. 2 cigarette maker is vowing to fight a jury verdict of $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. executive J. Jeffery Raborn has called the damages awarded by a Pensacola jury "grossly excessive and impermissible under state and constitutional law."