Jury Awards $16 Million to Florida Family in Tobacco Lawsuit, Citing Conspiracy and Fraud by Philip Morris

Miami, FL — A Florida jury has awarded $16 million to the family of a deceased smoker, holding Philip Morris accountable for his death due to lung cancer. The verdict, delivered this week, includes $6 million in compensatory damages and an additional $10 million in punitive damages, finding the tobacco giant responsible for the untimely demise of 56-year-old Manuel Garcia, who was a long-term user of Marlboro cigarettes. Garcia, who succumbed to lung cancer in 1998, had been a regular smoker for two decades. His family argued that Philip Morris played a crucial role in … Read more

Duane Morris LLP Presents Groundbreaking Product Liability and Mass Torts Class Action Review – 2024, Offering Expert Insight for Organizations Facing Legal Challenges

Chicago, IL – Duane Morris LLP, a leading law firm, has released its inaugural publication, the Duane Morris Product Liability and Mass Torts Class Action Review – 2024. This comprehensive review analyzes the key legal rulings, settlements, and litigation trends in the product liability and mass tort class action space in 2023. Written by Duane Morris partners Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. and Jennifer A. Riley, alongside contributions from members of the Class Action Defense Group, the review provides valuable insights from their extensive experience in defending class action litigation across the United States. Class action … Read more

Schmidt National Law Group Files Lawsuit Against Philip Morris, Alleging Targeting of Minors with Flavored Nicotine Pouches

San Diego, California – The Schmidt National Law Group has taken legal action against Philip Morris in the Southern District of California. The lawsuit alleges that Philip Morris, the manufacturer of Zyn, is intentionally targeting children and young adults with their flavored nicotine pouches named Zyn. The Managing Attorney at The Schmidt National Law Group, Martin Schmidt, emphasized the concern over these nicotine delivery systems being aimed at younger age groups, including middle school and high school students. Although the purchase of the product is restricted to individuals aged 21 and above, Schmidt asserts that … Read more

Florida Woman’s Children Awarded $11 Million in Lawsuit Against Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds Over Mother’s Smoking-Related Death

Jacksonville, Florida – Jurors awarded over $11 million this week to the children of a Florida woman who died from lung cancer after years of smoking cigarettes manufactured by the nation’s two largest tobacco companies. The case, known as Ferraiuolo v. Philip Morris, et al., involved a verdict that held Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds responsible for the woman’s death. The verdict included $1.05 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages. However, the jury attributed only 17% of the liability to Reynolds, 28% to Philip Morris, and the rest to the deceased … Read more