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Florida Tobacco Litigation: Jury Awards $26.6 Million Ft Lauderdale Wrongful Death Verdict to Widow of Smoker who Died from Lung Cancer

In Broward County Circuit Court, a jury awarded Robin Cohen, the widow of Nathan Cohen a $26.6 million Ft. Lauderdale wrongful death verdict against Philip Reynolds and Philip Morris. The Florida tobacco lawsuit stems from Nathan’s lung cancer death in 1994 and is the latest verdict issued against cigarette manufacturers involving “Engle progeny” complaints. Robin Cohen is represented by The Law Office of John D. Ameen, P.A.. Nathan was a smoker from the time he was 14. He smoked from 1940 until his death in 1968. Brands he smoked included Camel, Salem, and Benson & Hedges. Even after he was diagnosed with cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and heart disease, Nathan found it impossible to stop smoking. He even took part in anti-smoking seminars, underwent hypnosis, and chewed nicotine gum. RJ Reynolds and Philip Morris have been ordered to pay Robin $13.3 million. The $10 million in compensatory damages awarded was reduced to account for the 1/3rd of liability that the jury placed on Nathan Cohen. The defendants say that they plan to appeal the verdict. “Engle progeny” refers to tobacco lawsuits stemming from Engle v. RJ Reynolds, a significant class-action complaint filed against cigarette companies in 1994. A Florida jury ordered tobacco companies in 2000 to pay $145 billion in punitive damages to people that got sick from smoking. The Florida Supreme Court threw the award out in 2006 and decertified the class, which was made up of some 700,000 smokers in the state. Individual cases were allowed to move forward. In the past 13 months, 13 Engle progeny cases have resulted in jury verdicts—11 of them in favor of plaintiffs. Our Miami tobacco lawyers have been successfully fighting cigarette companies for years on behalf of our clients. Florida jury awards $26.6 mln to smoker's widow, Reuters, March 24, 2010 Related Web Resources: Tobacco Documents.org Smoking and Tobacco Use, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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