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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.

Mistrial declared in Philip Morris case; judge finds testimony prejudicial

By John Sammon | Apr 16, 2019

MIAMI – Judge Jose Rodriguez of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida declared a mistrial April 16 in a lawsuit filed by the estate of a deceased man whose relatives argue his premature death was caused by deadly nicotine addiction from the cigarettes produced by tobacco companies Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds.

Defense in Philip Morris trial says smoking danger was known early

By John Sammon | Apr 13, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE – The defense in a trial accusing cigarette maker Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds of damaging a woman’s lungs through addictive nicotine on Friday built on its case that the dangers of smoking were well known by the public for a long time.

Plaintiff attorneys say declining smoking industry targeted teen smokers

By John Sammon | Apr 12, 2019

MIAMI – Attorneys for plaintiff Rosemary Olsen on Thursday sought to portray tobacco companies Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds targeting teenage smokers as potential saviors of an industry whose overall business in the 1980's was in danger of declining, and who created bogus front organizations to combat knowledge of the dangers of smoking.

Pulmonologist says Zingaro tobacco addicted as defense calls star plaintiff witness biased

By John Sammon | Apr 12, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE – A pulmonologist on Wednesday told a jury that plaintiff Karla Zingaro’s nicotine addiction kept her from being able to quit smoking for a long time and the damage done to her lungs is like trying to walk up a flight of stairs while breathing through a straw.

Opening remarks begin in trial against Philip Morris; At issue - responsibility for addiction

By John Sammon | Apr 9, 2019

MIAMI – Opening arguments began Tuesday in a trial to determine if cigarette maker Phillip Morris caused a man’s smoking addiction leading him to suffer cardiovascular and coronary artery damage and eventually a debilitating stroke that left him in what plaintiff attorneys contended was a shell of his former self.

Bill to cap lawsuit payouts for pain, suffering headed to Florida House Judiciary Committee hearing

By Karen Kidd | Apr 8, 2019

A bill that would reinstate non-economic damages caps on all personal injury cases, previously struck down as unconstitutional by what one lawmaker called an "activist" Florida Supreme Court, is headed into a hearing before a State House committee

Plaintiff witness compares tobacco company’s opinion of smokers to a laboratory rat

By John Sammon | Apr 6, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE – During questioning of a tobacco industry researcher on Friday, plaintiff attorneys presented internal documents that indicated officials at Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds considered smokers their customers to be like laboratory reward-response animals.

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.

Judge allows expert witnesses to testify for both sides in Carnival cruise slip-and-fall case

By Chandra Lye | Mar 27, 2019

A Miami federal judge has rejected requests by both sides to reject testimony from expert witnesses amid a lawsuit over a slip-and-fall suffered by a man aboard a Carnival cruise ship.

Red Bull wins ruling against suit claiming improper training led to woman's injury from falling product at C-store

By Shanice Harris | Mar 22, 2019

The U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida has ruled in favor of Red Bull Distribution Company after it filed a motion to dismiss a woman's allegations that she was struck in the head by a container of the energy drink after it fell from a Florida convenience store shelf.

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Servicemembers with alleged hearing loss are suing 3M over earplugs; Six cases recently filed in Philadelphia

By Nicholas Malfitano | Mar 19, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – Minnesota-based 3M finds itself the target of litigation from U.S. military veterans nationwide, who claim the company’s Combat-Arms Earplugs, worn by troops from 2003-2015, were the proximate cause of hearing damage and deafness to countless military service members.

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.

Mistrial declared in Florida bar trial; Plaintiff had sought more than $46 million

By Glenn Minnis | Mar 2, 2019

After three days and more than 10 hours of deliberations failed to produce a consensus verdict, Florida Circuit Court Judge Kevin Carroll declared a mistrial in a hit-and-run case involving a local woman now left “a prisoner in her own body.”

Trial lawyer: Design flaw makes e-cigarettes dangerous

By Florida Record Submission | Feb 28, 2019

Though e-cigarettes are being marketed as a safer alternative to tobacco smoking, design flaws in the products can cause severe injuries or even kill their users, an attorney representing several plaintiffs in personal-injury cases said.

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