After winning two defense verdicts last week in Florida's so-called Engle progeny cases, Philip Morris crowed in a press release that the company has now been cleared by four Florida juries in the last two weeks. If you count another win for R.J. Reynolds, tobacco defendants have won the last five Engle trials. Big Tobacco needed some momentum, as early results in personal injury and wrongful death cases favored plaintiffs. But the string of recent wins shows the industry is learning from experience.
Is Tide Turning for Big Tobacco in 'Engle' Trials?
The American Lawyer
October 22, 2010