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SF LAWYER BUMPED TO PARTNER BY COZEN Philadelphia’s Cozen O’Connor announced its promotion of 16 attorneys to its partnership on Thursday, including one new partner in the firm’s four-attorney San Francisco office. Forrest Booth, an attorney in the firm’s insurance litigation group, concentrates on insurance coverage and marine and maritime law. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Booth joined Cozen O’Connor’s San Francisco office in 2000. “These talented individuals will be an outstanding group of senior members who will continue to develop and promote the firm’s organic growth,” Patrick O’Connor, the firm’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. Ten of the new partners work at the firm’s Philadelphia headquarters, with the remainder practicing out of the New York, San Diego, Chicago and Seattle offices. Cozen O’Connor has 450 attorneys and 17 offices. – Alexei Oreskovic APPEAL COURT OKS TOBACCO AWARD A California appeal court has upheld, for the second time, the state’s first multi-million dollar award against the tobacco industry. In an unpublished opinion, the First District Court of Appeal reaffirmed a 1999 verdict awarding $26.5 million to Patricia Henley, a lifelong smoker with lung cancer. The state Supreme Court had asked the First District to reconsider its earlier affirmance in light of a pair of high court rulings last year clarifying the tobacco industry’s statutory immunity. In Thursday’s ruling in Henley v. Philip Morris, A086991, Justice Patricia Sepulveda found that the immunity rulings didn’t change the outcome of the case because Philip Morris had failed to object at trial to testimony about events that may have occurred during a 10-year immunity window. “Defendant’s silence with respect to such a theory prevented both the trial court and plaintiff from obviating the objection by one or more steps,” wrote Justice Sepulveda. Henley was represented by Madelyn Chaber of San Francisco and Daniel Smith of Kentfield. Philip Morris had retained Arnold & Porter for the appeal. – Alexei Oreskovic

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