Topical Roundup: Tobacco Litigation

February 7, 2017

Tobacco litigation continues to return huge plaintiff awards. Today’s smoker may gravitate toward “natural” cigarettes (see Are ‘natural’ cigarette smokers being misled?) and/or e-cigarettes, but seasoned smokers of traditional cigarettes continue to file suit for lung cancer, COPD, and death.

Some recent case summaries in Jury Verdicts & Settlements:

Howles v. Philip Morris USA Inc.; R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company  Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds were each found 50 percent liable after an adult woman, who smoked their products for many years, developed lung cancer and COPD. The jury awarded the plaintiff $10,000,000 in November 2016.

Johnson, Estate of v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company A jury awarded $21,500,000 to the estate of an adult cigarette-smoking male who died of lung cancer. The court reduced the November 20016 award to $20,750,000.

Konzelman, Estate of v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company A wrongful-death action presented by the estate of an adult female smoker resulted in an October 2016 jury verdict for the plaintiff in the amount of $28,795,000.

Westlaw subscribers can research injury valuation figures on trends, based on award data, for the evaluation of cancer, at Basic Injury Values for Claims of Cancer.

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