August 21, 2009

"Smokers, tobacco, both winners in early Engle cases"

Reuters has this report about the results thus far in the series of individual smoker lawsuits taking place in Florida.

As mentioned in prior posts, these suits are taking place as a result of the Florida Supreme Court's 2006 decision in Engle v. Liggett Group, which reversed a $145 billion class action punitive damages award and ruled that the plaintiffs had to bring their own individual cases to prove that cigarettes caused their illnesses.

According to the Reuters story, the plaintiffs have prevailed in seven of the nine cases to go to trial thus far, winning damages ranging from $600,000 to $30 million. Only two of the plaintiffs have recovered punitive damages.