Cases & Deals

Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company wins complete defense verdict in Taylor personal injury lawsuit

Client(s) Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Inc.

After three weeks of trial, Jones Day client Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Inc. (sister company to R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company) obtained a complete defense verdict from a jury in state court in Portland, Oregon in a personal injury case regarding a smoker's bladder cancer diagnosis.

Plaintiffs asserted that Santa Fe's cigarettes were defectively and negligently designed, and that Santa Fe engaged in fraud. Plaintiffs sought $170 million in damages from the defendants, including $20 million in compensatory damages plus an additional $150 million in punitive damages. After deliberating for two days, the jury returned a complete defense verdict for Santa Fe.

Taylor v. Philip Morris USA, Inc. et al., No. 21-cv-21479 (Cir. Ct. Multnomah Cty., Or.)