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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.

Closing arguments heard in trial of cigarette makers accused of woman's lung problems

By John Sammon | May 2, 2019

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).

Defense questions plaintiff about personal choice decisions in Philip Morris trial

By John Sammon | Apr 19, 2019

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.

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