Philip Morris, RJ Reynolds Topple Smoking Claims In W.Va.

Law360, Chicago (May 15, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT) -- A West Virginia state court jury returned a verdict Wednesday largely in favor of tobacco industry giants like Philip Morris USA Inc., Lorillard Tobacco Co. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., in consolidated product liability litigation brought by and for hundreds of smokers.

At the phase one trial involving roughly 600 individual lawsuits against major tobacco industry players, the jury shot down the plaintiffs' claims for negligence, design defect, failure to warn, breach of warranty and concealment, as well as their bid for punitive damages, according to...
To view the full article, register now.
Law360 Pro Say Podcast
Check out Law360's new podcast, Pro Say, which offers a weekly recap of both the biggest stories and hidden gems from the world of law.