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Altria Loses $ 8 Million in Florida Smoker Trial

This may be a long year for Altria/Phillip Morris. Today the comnpany was hit for $ 8 million by a Florida jury hearing one of the thousands of claims left from the Florida class action litigation that was decertified. In these cases, Altria is more or less limited to contesting causation and arguing contributort fault because it is bound by some parts of the prior decisions in the prior class action litigation. However, according to Bloomberg, plaintiff’s counsel had asked the jury for over $ 100 million, so perhaps Altria “won” in a way.

Last year, Altria restructured to spin Phillip Morris off to shareholders, as decsribed on its website.

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Since becoming a lawyer in 1983, Kirk’s over 30 years of practice have focused on advising a wide range of corporations, associations, and individuals (as both plaintiffs and defendants) on both tort and commercial law issues centered around “mass torts.”

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