Posts tagged: tobacco lawsuits

California Supreme Court addresses legal deadlines for tobacco lawsuits

Tweet The court rules that smokers may sue the tobacco industry once they develop a disease like lung cancer, even if they suffered different smoking-related ailments years earlier. Smokers may sue the tobacco industry once they develop a disease like lung cancer, even if they suffered different smoking-related ailments years earlier, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday. The decision is likely to keep lawsuits alive that might ... Jump to full article >>

Jury: Tobacco firm only partly to blame for woman’s illness

Tweet DELAND — A jury deliberated for nearly five hours today before finding a tobacco company was only partly responsible for a woman’s lung cancer. The jury of six, one of them a smoker, found Stella Koballa, 77, of Daytona Beach was herself 70 percent responsible for the pain, suffering and other damages she endured after she was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1996. The jury found Koballa suffered $1 million in damages from her add ... Jump to full article >>

Kentucky farmers target tobacco merchant in suit

Tweet Several Kentucky farmers have filed a class-action lawsuit claiming that a prominent tobacco merchant failed to honor contracts to purchase their burley tobacco. The lawsuit was filed against Universal Leaf North America last week in Harrison Circuit Court. The suit claims hundreds of farmers lost what amounted to millions from the 2010 crop year, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. The plaintiffs, including Jerry Feagan of Berry, Ste ... Jump to full article >>

1st set of local tobacco trials set to begin

Tweet DELAND — The case to decide the first of more than 130 local cigarette smoker lawsuits will begin — for the second time — this week. The first trial in Koballa v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. ended in a mistrial in October after jurors said they couldn’t agree on the word addiction, which was required to determine whether the company should be held liable for Stella Koballa’s smoking-related illness. Attorneys rep ... Jump to full article >>

RJ Reynolds appeals $30 million verdict to Supremes

Tweet R.J. Reynolds is asking the Florida Supreme Court to overturn a $30 million award to the widow of a long-time smoker of Lucky Strikes. The cigarette maker is appealing a December appeals court decision upholding the verdict awarding $30 million – the highest award since the historic Engle decision -to Matilde Martin. The appeal was filed in the Florida Supreme Court today. Martin, whose husband Benny died of lung cancer after smoking for ... Jump to full article >>

Federal judges send 499 tobacco cases to Duval court’s new division

Tweet Over the objections of tobacco company lawyers, federal judges presiding over 3,800 pending tobacco lawsuits in Jacksonville have agreed to the voluntary dismissal of 499 cases that now will be tried in state court in Duval County’s new tobacco division. Tobacco attorneys had called the proposed move “blatant forum-shopping,” but U.S. District Judges Timothy Corrigan and Marcia Morales Howard ruled that the ability to get ... Jump to full article >>