Engle Florida Tobacco Litigation (Various state courts in Florida)

In 1999, a class action of addicted smokers in Florida was tried to a jury, which among other things found that the cigarettes sold by the defendants were defective, that smoking caused cancer and other diseases, that the defendants were negligent in selling their cigarettes, and that the major tobacco companies conspired to conceal the health effects of smoking. In 2006, the Florida Supreme Court affirmed the jury's findings, decided the case could no longer proceed as a class action, and announced that class members who filed individual actions would be entitled to the benefit of the jury's findings. Our firm serves as lead counsel for numerous members of the Engle class and has tried more than ten cases to verdict for smokers who contended they were injured, or their loved ones had died, as a result of tobacco addiction.
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