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Jury hands woman $1.6 million verdict in tobacco trial; Plaintiff had sought $20 million

By John Sammon | May 3, 2019

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.

Defense paints picture of woman smoking not from nicotine addiction, but loneliness

By John Sammon | Apr 30, 2019

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.

Defense seeks to convince jury that smoker's problems caused addiction, not cigarette makers

By John Sammon | Apr 17, 2019

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.

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