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$27 Million Tobacco Judgment Upheld In Florida Court

The First District Court of Appeal upheld a $27 million judgment for a North Florida cigarette smoker, in a product liability case against R. J. Reynolds Tobacco.

Emmon Smith died at 870 shortly after his trial ended in March 2012, and he was awarded $7 million in compensatory damages and $20 million in punitive damages. In 1992, he had a lung removed because of cancer.

Stuart Ratzan of Ratzan Law Group in Miami was on the team of lawyers representing Smith and his widow, along with attorney J.B. Harris of Coral Gables, who said, "Given the billions of dollars Big Cig made selling a deadly and defective product to a generation of unsuspecting smokers like the late Mr. Smith, who began smoking at the tender age of 13, we think the verdict is fair and just and wholly in line with the precedent."

The attorneys at Freidin Brown, P.A. have also garnered several product liability verdicts against the tobacco company R.J. Reynolds.

A Miami-Dade jury recently returned a $10 million verdict in favor of William Crawford, a 78-year-old man who speaks with an electrolarynx device after his larynx was removed due to laryngeal cancer. Randy Rosenblum, of the Miami law firm Freidin Brown, P.A., and Alex Alvarez and Phillip Holden of The Alvarez Law Firm successfully handled the two-week trial in the tobacco liability case against R.J. Reynolds.

This is the second tobacco-related lawsuit that Miami attorneys Randy Rosenblum and Alex Alvarez have successfully taken to verdict against R.J. Reynolds in 2013. In March, Rosenblum, Alvarez and firm partner Philip Freidin earned a $3.48 million verdict for the surviving family members of Phil J. Marotta; he succumbed to smoking-related lung cancer in 1994.

With three offices throughout South Florida, Freidin Brown, P.A. offers legal representation and litigation counsel to individuals and families facing serious personal injury caused by medical malpractice, car accidents, defective products and dangerous drugs or those who have lost a loved one to any of those causes.

For more information, please contact us.

Source: The Daily Business Review, "$27 Million Judgment For Dead Smoker Upheld," November 21, 2013.


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