TALLAHASSEE – A bill introduced in the House Legislature HB741 and soon to be in the Senate SB1582 its author said would crack down on the practice of “double-dipping” by lawyers in asbestos exposure cases, seeking multiple recoveries for the same asbestos-related injury.
MIAMI – Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal upheld the earlier decision of a trial court that found a Miami Beach hotel was not liable for the drowning death of a guest in the hotel’s swimming pool.
TALLAHASSEE – The state legislative director of the Florida National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is asking state lawmakers to crack down on lawsuit lending by third parties, calling it potentially a perversion of the legal system.
TALLAHASSEE – An official for the Florida Chamber of Commerce said his organization supports reform by state lawmakers of third party lending practices to plaintiffs in injury trials to prevent runaway interest rates subverting the justice process.
NORMAN (Legal Newsline) – A corporate spokeswoman for Johnson & Johnson and its drug subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals on Thursday faced questioning by lawyers for the State of Oklahoma who attempted to link the company’s quest for profits to an opioid epidemic in the state.
NORMAN, Okla. (Legal Newsline) – Fighting back tears, a father who lost his son to an opioid overdose recounted the nightmare during testimony in a trial alleging that Johnson & Johnson flooded the state with addictive drugs for profit.
NORMAN, Okla. (Legal Newsline) – Opening arguments began Tuesday in a first-ever trial in attempt to hold drug manufacturers accountable for an opioid over-dose crisis, accusing Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary company Janssen Pharmaceuticals of providing medications for profit that destroyed thousands of lives.
FORT LAUDERDALE – The defense appeared to keep to its people-knew-the-dangers strategy while plaintiff attorneys said dishonest denials from cigarette companies continued almost to this day in a lawsuit launched by a woman alleging her lungs were irreparably damaged by cigarette smoke.
FORT LAUDERDALE – A jury on Thursday awarded plaintiff Karla Zingaro $1.6 million in damages for pain and suffering both past and future, anguish and loss of enjoyment of life, from a smoking addiction that caused her to suffer life-threatening lung problems.
FORT LAUDERDALE – Closing arguments began Wednesday in a trial accusing cigarette makers Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds of fraud, conspiracy and responsibility for a woman’s nicotine addiction that resulted in her developing lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
FORT LAUDERDALE – Defense attorneys on Monday sought to portray plaintiff Karla Zingaro as a lonely woman who took to smoking because she enjoyed it and to help her deal with personal and family problems, not because of nicotine addiction as plaintiff attorneys contend.
FORT LAUDERDALE - Attorneys defending cigarette makers Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds on Thursday sought to portray plaintiff Karla Zingaro as knowing about the dangers of smoking early in her life but who disregarded the warnings and smoked anyway.
FORT LAUDERDALE – Karla Zingaro the plaintiff suing Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds for the lung conditions she suffers from appeared in court for the first time on Wednesday telling attorneys she became hooked on smoking at a young age not knowing the dangers from cigarette smoke.
WEST PALM BEACH – A South Florida online nutrition company was cleared of wrongdoing April 8 in the lawsuit launched by a man who alleged he suffered catastrophic liver damage after using the company’s green tea extract.
FORT LAUDERDALE – Defense attorneys in the trial of a woman suing cigarette makers Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds argued Tuesday that is was the plaintiff’s problems including depression, anxiety and possible bipolar disorder that led Karla Zangaro to compulsively smoke causing her health problems.
MIAMI – Judge Jose Rodriguez of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida declared a mistrial April 16 in a lawsuit filed by the estate of a deceased man whose relatives argue his premature death was caused by deadly nicotine addiction from the cigarettes produced by tobacco companies Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds.