Cases & Deals

R.J. Reynolds wins jury verdict in Delancy "Engle progeny" trial

Clients R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

On October 24, 2019, following nearly three weeks of trial, a jury in Stuart, Florida returned a verdict in favor of Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a wrongful death action.

The plaintiff in Delancy, the spouse of a deceased former smoker, claimed that her late husband 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 therefore entitled to the benefit of certain generalized findings made by a jury in the course of the Engle class action trial. The plaintiff asserted claims for strict liability, negligence, fraudulent concealment, and conspiracy. She sought compensatory damages, as well as punitive damages. After approximately one hour of deliberations, the jury returned a complete defense verdict, finding that the decedent was not a member of the decertified Engle class.

Helen Delancy, Personal Representative of the Estate of Eugene Delancy. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., et al., No. 2008-CA-000067 (Fla. 19th Cir.)