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After awarding $2.5M compensation to widow, jury decides no punitive damages against Philip Morris

By John Sammon | Feb 25, 2019

A jury on Monday decided not to impose cigarette maker Philip Morris with a punitive damage award, evidently agreeing with a contention by defense attorneys that the company should not be punished for mistakes of the past.

Jurors award plaintiff $2.5 million in lung cancer death; Plaintiff sought $8 million from Philip Morris

By John Sammon | Feb 22, 2019

MIAMI - Jurors on Friday hit cigarette maker Philp Morris with a $2.5 million damage award to the family of Ulysee Holliman finding the company liable for Holliman’s death from lung cancer in 1993.

Plaintiffs asking for $8 million in Philip Morris lung cancer trial

By John Sammon | Feb 21, 2019

MIAMI – Closing arguments in the lawsuit filed against Philip Morris by the family of a man who died of lung cancer saw attorneys for Ulysee Holliman argue that nicotine addiction killed him and the cigarette maker conspired to fool the public on the dangers of smoking.

Psychologist says Holliman doesn’t meet addiction criteria in case against Philip Morris

By John Sammon | Feb 20, 2019

A psychologist testifying in a lawsuit against cigarette maker Philip Morris—brought by the family of a man who died of lung cancer—said on Wednesday that Ulysee Holliman did not meet nine of 11 recognized characteristics of physical addiction, disagreeing with a basic contention made by attorneys for the plaintiff.

Wife of smoker in Philip Morris trial describes how he tried to quit smoking

By John Sammon | Feb 19, 2019

The wife of Ulysee Holliman on Tuesday described the struggles her husband went through trying to quit smoking and the agony of watching him decline after he had been diagnosed with lung cancer.

Plaintiff witness for Holliman refuses to budge on Philip Morris conspiracy allegation

By John Sammon | Feb 15, 2019

MIAMI – Defense attorneys for Philip Morris appeared to have an uphill battle on Thursday getting a plaintiff witness to back down from his opinion the cigarette maker and other tobacco companies had engaged in a collective conspiracy to hide the truth from the public about the dangers of smoking.

Cigarette historian says tobacco industry subverted knowledge to sell cigarettes

By John Sammon | Feb 14, 2019

MIAMI – A Stanford University professor of history on the tobacco industry on Wednesday portrayed cigarette makers bent on covering up emerging scientific knowledge and deceiving the public about the dangers of smoking so companies like Philip Morris could continue making profits.

Specialist says tobacco addiction caused man’s death in Philip Morris trial

By John Sammon | Feb 12, 2019

MIAMI – Ulysee Holliman tried to quit smoking a dozen times; he asked his wife for help, threw away his cigarettes, chewed gum, sucked candy, all to no avail. He died from lung cancer 25 years ago.

Arguments open in suit against Philip Morris alleging conspiracy in man’s death from smoking

By John Sammon | Feb 12, 2019

Add Teaser hereMIAMI – Arguments began Monday in the trial to determine if a conspiracy to defraud the public by tobacco giant Philip Morris led to a man’s death from lung cancer in 1993.

More older residents on Medicaid wait list in Florida than any other state, attorney says

By John Sammon | Jan 7, 2019

TAMPA – Six elderly Florida residents are alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in their lawsuit against the state over the length of time it takes them to get in-home Medicaid care.

Class action against fire retardant companies could grow into hundreds, plaintiff's attorney says

By John Sammon | Jan 7, 2019

OCALA – Though the number of plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging exposure to fire retardant chemicals caused people to develop cancer currently stands at eight, their attorney said a class action could increase the number of plaintiffs to hundreds.

Florida jury slaps tobacco company R.J. Reynolds with $5 million in damages for smoker’s heart disease case

By John Sammon | Nov 21, 2018

A jury for the 11th Judicial Circuit Court on Wednesday hit tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds with a $5 million damage award for the heart disease a man suffered after 30 years of smoking.

Closing arguments in smoker's $8.5 million lawsuit against R.J. Reynolds held Tuesday

By John Sammon | Nov 21, 2018

MIAMI – Closing arguments on Tuesday in a lawsuit charging tobacco company R.J. Reynolds with causing a man’s coronary artery disease saw the attorney for plaintiff Paul Rouse ask for $8.5 million in damages to include future suffering.

Court grants fashion company Troy Burch partial summary judgment in trademark infringement case

By John Sammon | Nov 10, 2018

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Nov. 2 granted a partial summary judgement to a fashion company suing a woman for allegedly using its logo to sell similar products on eBay.

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Fort Lauderdale considers suing Big Oil amidst federal court rulings rejecting climate change theories

By John Sammon | Nov 2, 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE (Legal Newsline) – The Fort Lauderdale City Commission is considering suing oil companies over the climate change activists say could raise sea coastal levels to catastrophic proportions.

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Fla. court keeps TCPA case alive; Texting a 'risky venture' for companies

By John Sammon | Jul 24, 2018

TAMPA, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida on June 7 dismissed a motion by a defendant to dismiss a case alleging a man’s privacy rights were violated when he received texts that were marketing ploys.

Federal court agrees to reopen suit involving water-damaged restaurant

By John Sammon | May 22, 2018

MIAMI – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on May 18 granted a retrial in the case of an insurance carrier who refused to pay for roof damage to a restaurant saying the damage was outside its coverage.

Attorneys don’t favor regulating third party lawsuit lenders

By John Sammon | May 6, 2018

Add Teaser hereTALLAHASSEE – Attorneys said there is a likelihood Florida could adopt a state law requiring disclosure of finance lenders who loan money to plaintiffs in lawsuits as the state of Wisconsin recently did, but two noted they would not like to see the kind of regulation that banks have.

Fatal Bonita Springs plane crash could end bizarre harassment case

By John Sammon | Jan 31, 2018

A plane crash that killed the plaintiff of a lawsuit just days after he was released from jail for violating a restraining order prohibiting him from allegedly harassing military veterans who accused him of falsifying military service could be the end of a bizarre case that has continued two years.

Florida judge tells R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. to keep paying state for tobacco settlement

By John Sammon | Jan 17, 2018

A spokesman for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. remained mum in the face of a recent court setback after a Florida judge ordered the tobacco company to continue paying the state millions of dollars annually to offset medical costs caused by smoking despite R.J. Reynolds' selling off several of its best-known cigarette brands to a British firm.

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