Tobacco Litigation Archives | Farah & Farah
In the past couple of years vaping, or smoking electronic cigarettes, has become very popular. Companies behind e-cigs have managed to make them sound like a “healthy” alternative to smoking regular cigarettes. Of course, this is silly. Smoking is smoking. There isn’t a “healthy” way to do something that’s bad for you. At the end of 2015, Harvard researchers proved this fact. They found that more than 75 percent of flavored e-cigarette liquids they tested contained Diacetyl, a chemical linked to severe respiratory disease. They found the chemical in e-cig flavors like fruits, cotton candy, cupcake, and others obviously marketed toward younger people.
Diacetyl is most commonly linked to a disease called “popcorn lung.” Bronchiolitis obliterans, the medical name of poporn lung, is caused by the inhaling of chemicals. It first appeared in the early 2000s in people who worked in microwave popcorn making facilities. Inhaling chemicals found in artificial butter flavors were found to cause serious lung problems for workers. Read the rest »
In a ruling that experts are saying re-affirms Florida’s landmark “Engle” decision, the Florida Supreme Court upheld a $2.5 million tobacco litigation verdict from a Tampa jury that was given to the survivors of a smoker who died in 2008.
In a six to one decision, the Supreme Court rejected the appeal made by the three tobacco companies that lost the lower case suit. The companies claimed that the Engle decision denied them due process by improperly restricting their ability to defend themselves. Read the rest »
The 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee has upheld a $15 million wrongful death award to the family of an Edgewater woman whose cigarette smoking led to her lung cancer death in 1994. The Lorillard Tobacco Company had appealed a Duval County jury’s verdict that had found the tobacco company was 65 percent responsible for the woman’s death.
The Tallahassee tobacco litigation attorneys at Farah & Farah have found that the lawsuit alleged the woman had died at age 63 as a result of her being addicted to Lorillard’s Old Gold brand of cigarettes since she was a teenager. Read the rest »
The U.S. District Judge in Washington had ruled in 2006 that tobacco companies violated federal racketeering laws by scheming to deceive the public for decades about the dangers of smoking. At the time, she said that tobacco companies would be required to issue statements in various advertising venues about the dangers of their products and the industry’s deceptive practices. The case has been tied up for years as the tobacco companies raised objections about the wording of the statements. Read the rest »
The Florida Supreme Court is currently hearing an appeal from several tobacco companies that a $2.5 million Tampa jury verdict awarded to a smoker’s surviving spouse should be thrown out. The high profile attorney representing the companies is calling into question the Engle ruling, claiming that it violates his clients’ due process rights.
In the landmark Engle ruling, the high court upheld a lower court jury finding that tobacco companies knowingly sold a dangerous product and hid that fact from the public. The court decertified a statewide class action and threw out the $145 billion punitive damage against the industry, stating that the 8,000 class members would have to file individual lawsuits against tobacco companies. Read the rest »
Should movies with smoking scenes in them trigger an automatic R rating?
That might be a good idea — at least according to a recent study that suggests that the more children see smoking scenes in the movies, the more likely they are to pick up the habit.
The study, which appears in the August issue of the journal Pediatrics, looked at smoking scenes in PG-13 movies and found that for every 500 smoking scenes a child saw, the likelihood of his or her trying cigarettes increased by 49%. The increase in those who watched R-rated movies was 33%. Read the rest »
“When one door closes, another one opens,” is a maxim that Big Tobacco seems to hold near and dear to its alleged heart.
Take flavored tobacco. When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the industry from selling flavored cigarettes (except for menthol, but that’s another story) on September 22, 2009, the industry simply took it in stride and concentrated on selling fruit- and candy-flavored cigars and chewing tobacco, which was still legal.
Never mind that the “cigars” started getting smaller and smaller until they resembled cigarettes wrapped in a tobacco leaf. And all the while, the tobacco industry kept insisting that flavored tobacco sales were not aimed at kids. Read the rest »
Citing increased effort by Big Tobacco to undermine the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) the organization has chosen the theme “tobacco industry interference” for this year’s World No Tobacco Day on May 31.
The WHO FCTC was the world’s first global public health treaty. The treaty, which entered into force in 2005, was signed by 168 of 192 WHO member states and was designed to provide an internationally coordinated response to combat tobacco use. Read the rest »
The widow of a smoker who died after almost 70 years of smoking was awarded $29.1 million by a Fort Lauderdale jury on Thursday, May 20. Based on a San Francisco Chronicle article, Connie Buonomo sued on behalf of her late husband, Matthew, who died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in 2008. He was 80-years-old and had smoked since he was 13, unable to break the addiction.
The unanimous jury verdict includes $25 million in punitive damages and just over $4 million in compensatory damages. The jurors found the R. J. Reynolds was 77.5% responsible for Buonomo’s illness and death and that he shared the remaining responsibility. Ever since the Engle class action lawsuit was decertified in Florida in 2006, individual cases have gone forward to trial and Florida tobacco attorneys continue to keep up to date on the latest news regarding these cases. To date, Big Tobacco has won three cases and lost 16. Read the rest »