Cases & Deals

R.J. Reynolds wins jury verdict in Willis ''Engle progeny'' lawsuit

Clients R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

In October 2010, Jones Day successfully obtained a complete defense verdict in favor of its client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a personal injury lawsuit brought by an individual plaintiff. The plaintiff asserted that he was a member of the class decertified by the Florida Supreme Court in Engle v. Liggett Group, Inc., 945 So. 2d 1246 (Fla. 2006), and that he was therefore entitled to the benefit of certain generalized findings made by a jury in the course of the Engle class action trial in 1999. The plaintiff brought claims for strict liability, fraud by concealment, conspiracy to commit fraud, breach of express warranty, negligence and punitive damages. The plaintiff claimed damages for his laryngeal cancer and COPD, lung cancer and bladder cancer. Jones Day previously tried the case to a mistrial in May 2010 when the first jury could not reach a unanimous verdict.

Willis v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Case No. 41-2008-CA-009589 (Fla. 12th Cir. Ct.)