Monday, April 29, 2013
Earlier this month two tobacco trials with origins in the Florida Supreme Court's affirmation of classwide issue preclusion in Engle resulted in large awards.
Searcy v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., M.D. Fla., No. 3:09-cv-13723, verdict rendered 4/1/13. 26 million.
Aycock v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., M.D. Fla., No. 3:09-cv-10928, verdict rendered 4/18/13. 5.6 million.
Juries found comparative negligence on the part of smokers in both cases. See BNA Class Action Reporter for analysis and details.