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June 19, 2019

K&S Scores Defense Verdict for R.J. Reynolds in First Ever Conspiracy-Only Engle Tobacco Trial

In this Engle progeny tobacco trial, Plaintiff alleged that Decedent’s addiction to cigarettes led to her lung cancer and untimely death in 2000.  Despite acknowledging that Decedent never smoked cigarettes manufactured by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Plaintiff alleged that R.J. Reynolds conspired with other tobacco companies to conceal information related to smoking and health, and requested that the jury award $5.9 million in damages.  This led to the first conspiracy-only trial in the history of Engle tobacco litigation.  After a two-week jury trial, a K&S team led by Ursula Henninger and James Cone obtained a complete defense verdict for R.J. Reynolds.  Significant support for this victory also came from Ryan Kearney, Scott Edson, and Arthur Fahlbusch.