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Big Tobacco Facing Multiple Trials

09/30/2009
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More than 8,000 smokers and their loved ones have been waiting for nearly two decades for their opportunity for justice. These smokers were part of the Engle class action that was decertified several years ago.  The Florida Supreme Court upheld a number of findings made by the Engle jury after they heard evidence for nearly a year; which will now apply in individual trials being held across the state for smokers and their surviving family members.  Most of the upcoming trials involve the surviving spouses and children of smokers who died long ago due to lung cancer or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Below is a summary of upcoming tobacco trials:

Estimated

Trial Date

Jurisdiction

10/2009

Fort Lauderdale

10/2009

Fort Lauderdale

10/2009

Fort Lauderdale

10/2009

Fort Lauderdale

10/2009

Fort Lauderdale

10/2009

Fort Lauderdale

10/2009

Fort Lauderdale

11/2009

Daytona Beach

11/2009

Pensacola

11/2009

Miami

12/2009

Daytona Beach

12/2009

Daytona Beach

1/2010

Fort Lauderdale

1/2010

Gainesville

1/2010

Tampa

1/2010

Pensacola

1/2010

Jacksonville

1/2010

West Palm Beach

1/2010

Tampa

1/2010

Fort Lauderdale

2/2010

Gainesville

2/2010

Gainesville

2/2010

West Palm Beach

2/2010

Brooksville

2/2010

Jacksonville

2/2010

Daytona Beach

2/2010

Miami

3/2010

Gainesville

3/2010

Gainesville

3/2010

West Palm Beach

3/2010

Miami

3/2010

Tampa

3/2010

Tampa

3/2010

Jacksonville

3/2010

Tampa

3/2010

Pensacola

3/2010

Fort Lauderdale

3/2010

Melbourne

3/2010

Fort Lauderdale

3/2010

Fort Lauderdale

4/2010

Gainesville

4/2010

Gainesville

4/2010

Bradenton

4/2010

Fort Lauderdale

5/2010

Gainesville

5/2010

West Palm Beach

5/2010

Pensacola

5/2010

Jacksonville

6/2010

Tampa

6/2010

Jacksonville

7/2010

Pensacola

7/2010

Jacksonville

8/2010

Jacksonville

9/2010

Pensacola

10/2010

West Palm Beach

10/2010

West Palm Beach

In addition to the above trial settings, additional trials should be scheduled during the same time period in Broward, Hillsborough, Lee, Escambia, Duval, Volusia, Alachua, and Levy Counties.  Several judges have indicated a willingness to consider conducting multi-plaintiff or consolidated trials, over the strenuous objection of the tobacco defense lawyers, in hopes of giving every former member of the Engle class action the right to a jury trial during their lifetime.

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