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March 17, 2023

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Obtains Complete Defense Verdict After Multi-Week Wrongful Death Trial in Miami-Dade County, Florida

King & Spalding secured a complete defense verdict on behalf of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company after a multi-week wrongful death trial in Miami-Dade County. Plaintiff sought compensatory damages of $3 million as well as punitive damages.  After the first phase of the trial for compensatory damages, the jury returned a complete defense verdict, finding that Plaintiff failed to prove that the decedent was addicted to cigarettes containing nicotine and that such addiction was a legal cause of the decedent’s death.

The case is Marsh v. Philip Morris U.S.A. Inc. et al., No. 2012-026323-CA-01 (Fla. 11th Cir. Ct.).