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Trial begins in Florida tobacco smoking addiction case against Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds

By John Sammon | Apr 4, 2019

Opening arguments began Wednesday in the case of a woman suing tobacco companies Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds for the nicotine-fueled addiction she alleges caused her smoking-related illnesses including lung cancer, pitting plaintiff attorneys against those for the defense who contend she would have smoked no matter what.

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.

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.

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