January 26, 2010

11th Circuit Hears Argument in Florida Tobacco Litgation

Law.com reports here on an oral argument before the 11th Circuit in yet another case addressing the fallout of the Florida Supreme Court's Engle decision. As we have noted in prior posts, Engle reversed a $145 billion punitive damages award in a class action brought by smokers, but determined that certain factual findings could be "retained" for future litigation. Now the 11th Circuit is trying to figure out what effect that decision has in federal court.

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Jury Rules For Plaintiff in First Phase of Retrial After Reversal of $145 Billion Punitive Damages Award

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