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RJ Reynolds and Philip Morris hit with a $37 million smoker's verdict

By Glenn Minnis | Mar 11, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE - Rita Mahfuz never had a chance to fend off her nearly two pack a day cigarette addiction, a Broward County jury ruled in rewarding her estate $37 million in damages on Feb. 28, in a suit that found both R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris liable.

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.

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.

Guest alleges Maitland hotel operators' negligence led to broken cabinet door

By Philip Gonzales | Feb 12, 2019

ORLANDO — A Brevard County man is suing Maitland hotel operators, alleging negligence led to a broken cabinet door that injured the plaintiff.

MCGUIREWOODS LLP: McGuireWoods’ Chris Thanner Honored Among Northeast Florida’s ‘Ultimate Attorneys’

By Lene Caracas-Apuntar | Feb 6, 2019

Jacksonville Business Journal has recognized McGuireWoods partner Christopher Thanner among its 2019 “Ultimate Attorneys,” which honors accomplished lawyers and corporate counsel who have contributed significantly to the legal profession and the Jacksonville community.

Customer sues Burger King claiming unsafe premises

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 22, 2018

A customer is suing Burger King, alleging that insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries due to a faulty bench.

Texas Roadhouse sued in slip-and-fall accident

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Nov 23, 2018

ORLANDO — A Florida woman is suing Texas Roadhouse Inc., a national chain, after she allegedly slipped and fell down at one of the barbecue restaurants in Orlando.

Federal court throws out claims against Volkswagen over suspension system

By Chandra Lye | Oct 3, 2018

A federal court dismissed several claims against Volkswagen over alleged suspension system defects in some of its CC model cars.

Wheelchair user alleges Dollar Tree's negligence caused soda cases to fall on him

By Philip Gonzales | Aug 30, 2018

ORLANDO — An Orange County wheelchair user is suing Dollar Tree, alleging failure to warn and negligence.

From Legal Newsline

Former pro baseball player sues AP, ESPN and USA Today for defamation over article about elk antler supplement

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 26, 2018

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) – A former professional baseball player and his company are suing ESPN, The Associated Press and USA Today after a 2016 news article was published that had alleged false information. The three defendants have filed motions to dismiss the lawsuit.

Tobacco companies say not liable for lung cancer of Cuban immigrant who began smoking long before arriving in US

By John Breslin | May 27, 2018

​Lawyers for two big tobacco companies defending themselves against charges that they were responsible for the lung cancer of an individual are arguing that a Cuban native began smoking long before he came to the United States and used their brands.

Free speech, right to privacy collide in NRA suit against state's gun laws, attorney says

By Carrie Bradon | May 21, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – In the legal battle involving the National Rifle Association and Gov. Rick Scott's new gun laws, another complication has transpired that may force the NRA to name two young adults in its lawsuit.

Wrongful death case in Marine captain's 2010 death remanded to Florida district court

By Nicholas Echevarria | Apr 26, 2018

ATLANTA (Florida Record) — The wrongful case of a 26-year-old U.S. Marine captain killed in a plane crash in 2010 is on its way back to a district court in Florida after a Georgia appeals court denied a defense counsel appeal that the case should be dismissed "on political question grounds."

Appellate court affirms award for widower in cigarette case

By Elizabeth Alt | Mar 1, 2018

PALM BEACH -- Florida's Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal has denied the appeal from Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds in a lawsuit that found in favor of a Florida man who sued the tobacco companies for hiding the dangers of smoking, alleging the plaintiff’s medical expert testimony wasn’t qualified.

Customer alleges Dollar Tree negligence caused injuries

By Delma M. Serrano | Dec 21, 2017

ORLANDO — An Orlando man is suing Dollar Tree, alleging negligence led to injuries for the plaintiff.

Customer blames Family Dollar for fall, injuries

By Delma M. Serrano | Nov 29, 2017

ORLANDO — An Orlando woman is suing Family Dollar, alleging negligence led to injuries for the plaintiff.

Ivey on the Lake Apartments LLC, Harbor Group Management Co. LLC accused of negligence

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Sep 26, 2017

An individual is suing Ivey on the Lake Apartments LLC and Harbor Group Management Co. LLC for alleged negligence.

Case against Phillip Morris USA Inc., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company brought by widow to be re-tried

By Dee Thompson | Sep 14, 2017

The Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal has sided with Philip Morris USA Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a case involving a widow who had won $13 million in a lawsuit that claimed her husband died due to the addictive nature of cigarettes.

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