Posts tagged: tobacco lawsuit

The News Keeps Breaking Big Tobacco’s Way

Tweet Last week, Big Tobacco players Altria, Lorillard, and Reynolds American closed out a 13-year legal battle with a victory. These tobacco companies and others were sued by the city of St. Louis and 37 area hospitals for nearly $455 million in a bid to recover costs from 1993 to 2010 of treating smoking-related illnesses for patients who were unable to pay. The hospitals claimed that the industry had purposely produced an “unreasonably d ... Jump to full article >>

Tobacco verdict only $11K

Tweet A jury in Escambia County on Monday returned the lowest verdict so far in a string of suits on behalf of smokers against tobacco companies. Betty Sulcer of Milton was awarded $11,250 on behalf of her late husband, Billy. A smoker since the age of 13, died of lung cancer at age 66 in 1993. The jury found $225,000 in compensatory damages. But the award was reduced because it found Sulcer’s husband 95 percent liable for his health issues ... Jump to full article >>

Jurors award $2.4 million to Lake Worth widow of smoker

Tweet WEST PALM BEACH — Mary Tullo was convinced her husband’s life was cut short by the greed of cigarette-makers. On Wednesday, a Palm Beach County jury agreed, ordering three tobacco giants to pay the 87-year-old Lake Worth widow $2.47 million for causing the 1998 death of her husband from lung cancer. A stunned Mary Tullo hugged her attorneys and cried. “My children,” she said of why she pursued the case. “I wanted ... Jump to full article >>

Longtime smoker from Daytona wins $300,000 in suit against R.J. Reynolds

Tweet A 77-year-old Daytona Beach woman has won $300,000 in what likely is the first verdict against a tobacco company in Central Florida out of thousands of suits filed statewide by ailing, longtime smokers. A Volusia jury has decided that R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company is partly liable for the lung cancer suffered by Stella Koballa. A circuit judge will review the verdict at a future court hearing. “We’re happy with the result and we ... Jump to full article >>

Rolah McCabe tobacco lawsuit comes to an end after 11 years

Tweet THE marathon Rolah McCabe tobacco lawsuit finally ended in Melbourne yesterday – more than eight years after she died of lung cancer. Lawyers for parties involved in multiple proceedings told Justice Stephen Kaye in the Victorian Supreme Court that they had settled their differences. It is believed that the case that has become a landmark around the world for smokers seeking to sue tobacco companies chewed up tens of millions of dolla ... Jump to full article >>

Budget ideas get creative

Tweet If Washington’s budget problems get too terrible to solve, can’t the state borrow money? Or could it issue bonds against future Lottery earnings or future tobacco-lawsuit payments to the state? Why not sell off state assets such as land? Or just leave the state budget unbalanced for a year or so – until the economy gets better and money is flowing again? Gov. Chris Gregoire has suggested selling some state surplus lands, but she and h ... Jump to full article >>

Smoking lawsuit winner wants vacation

Tweet Norwich, Conn. — Barbara Izzarelli, of Norwich, would like to take a long vacation. If she gets even half of what a court awarded her Wednesday, she can stay as long as she wants. The former smoker was awarded $15.7 million in interest payments as part of her lawsuit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Federal Judge Stefan Underhill handed down the decision, acting on a motion made in December from Izzarelli’s lawyer, David Golub. “I ... Jump to full article >>

Appeals Court Revives Illinois Class-Action Tobacco Case

Tweet The tobacco case that led to a $10 billion verdict against cigarette maker Altria Group Inc.’s Philip Morris unit in a class-action lawsuit has been reinstated by an Illinois appellate court, a law firm said. The Fifth District Appellate Court of Illinois on Feb. 24 sent the case back to trial court in Madison County, Illinois, for further proceedings, according to a press release sent by Korein Tillery, the law firm that brought the clas ... Jump to full article >>

Jurors award $5M in tobacco lawsuit

Tweet Alachua County jurors handed down another multi-million dollar verdict last week in a tobacco lawsuit brought by relatives of longtime smokers. Jurors awarded $5 million in damages Friday to Earline Alexander of Alachua County whose husband, John Alexander, died in 1999, according to the plaintiff’s attorneys. Of the amount, $2.5 million was in compensatory damages while $2.5 million was punitive. John Alexander, who was 68, had been ... Jump to full article >>

Historic Fla. tobacco plaintiff Engle dies

Tweet MIAMI — Dr. Howard Engle, the Miami Beach pediatrician whose cheap tobacco lawsuit resulted in the largest punitive damage award in U.S. history, has died at age 89. Engle’s attorney Stanley Rosenblatt said he was in declining health for years from smoking-related ailments. Engle died Wednesday at his home. Engle made U.S. legal history in 2000 when a Miami jury awarded $145 billion in punitive damages againstmarlboro-cigarette ... Jump to full article >>