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New 2nd Circuit Ruling Could Hobble Cigarette Company Defenses in Tobacco Cases

By Raychel Lean, Law.com | CT Law Tribune, STAMFORD, CT (August 22, 2019) — Jurors had returned a defense verdict for Philip Morris USA Inc. after a two-week trial, but that result could now be in jeopardy. A federal judge in the District of Connecticut misapplied a legal doctrine that could have changed the outcome of a products liability… Read more >


Stamford lawyer helps push tobacco company award to $52.4M

By John Nickerson, Stamford Advocate, STAMFORD, CT (December 25, 2018) — Barbara Izzarelli began smoking when she was 12 years old and claims the maker of Salem Kings cigarettes marketed to minors and manipulated nicotine levels to make them more addictive, according to her lawsuit against the tobacco company. An addiction that lasted 25 years… Read more >


Award in cigarette liability case for former Norwich smoker balloons to $52.4 million as judge adds interest

By Josh Kovner, Hartford Courant, HARTFORD, CT (December 24, 2018) — In the years since a Connecticut jury awarded former Norwich smoker Barbara Izzarelli a multi-million judgement in her case against the maker of Salem cigarettes, her lawyer noted several times that she’d offered to settle the case for $400,000. Now that judgment has swelled… Read more >


5 Lawyers Who Won Big in 2018

By Robert Storace, Law.com | CT Law Tribune, STAMFORD CT (December 20, 2018) — This year saw some explosive jury verdicts and settlements on a variety of topics, most having to do with death, injury, malpractice or motor vehicle cases. The largest verdict in Connecticut—by far—was last week’s ruling by a federal judge in the… Read more >


Former Norwich resident awarded additional $44 million in tobacco lawsuit

By Karen Florin, The Day, NEW LONDON, CT (December 17,2018) — U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill has added $44 million in damages and interest to the nearly $8 million a jury awarded to former Norwich resident Barbara Izzarelli in her lawsuit against the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco company. The Bridgeport judge awarded $8 million in punitive damages, citing… Read more >


Federal District Court Judge Adds $44 Million in Punitive Damages & Interest in First Smokers Case to Come to Trial in New England

STAMFORD, CT (December 17, 2018) – A Federal District Court judge has added more than $44 in million in punitive damages and interest against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in the case of an injured Connecticut smoker, Barbara Izzarelli, formerly of Norwich, CT. Federal District Court Judge Stefan Underhill awarded Ms. Izzarelli $8 million in punitive… Read more >


Federal Judge Hikes Punitive Damages in Cigarette Case for Total $52.3 Million Award

By Robert Storace, Law.com | CT Law Tribune, STAMFORD CT (December 14, 2018) — A federal judge Thursday upped the amount of punitive damages R.J. Reynolds Tobacco must pay a woman who smoked one of its cigarette brands for more than 25 years. U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill sided with plaintiff Barbara Izzarelli, but the tobacco… Read more >


Tobacco lawsuit resolved in favor of former Norwich woman

By Karen Florin, The Day (March 1, 2018) — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up cigarette-maker R.J. Reynolds‘ appeal of former Norwich resident Barbara Izzarelli’s $28 million jury award for smoking-related cancer, a development her attorney said signals that Connecticut is a favorable state to bring lawsuits against tobacco companies. Izzarelli, then of Norwich, sued the Winston-Salem, N.C., company… Read more >


U.S. Supreme Court Upholds First Jury Verdict against Tobacco Company in New England History

STAMFORD, CT (February 27, 2018) – The United States Supreme Court has refused to review the decision by the Court of Appeals in the Second Circuit, thereby upholding the $28.1 million jury verdict against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company for damages sustained by an injured Connecticut smoker, Barbara Izzarelli, formerly of Norwich, CT. As a result… Read more >


Federal court upholds $28 million verdict against tobacco company

STAMFORD (July 12, 2017) — A federal appeals court has upheld the $28 million verdict for a Connecticut woman who claimed she was harmed by smoking. The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the judgment against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company for damages sustained by Barbara Izzarelli, formerly of Norwich, CT. The appeals court also… Read more >


$28 Million Tobacco Verdict Upheld by Second Circuit

Michael Marciano, The Connecticut Law Tribune (July 7, 2017).   U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. (Credit: ALM) A Connecticut jury’s damages award of more than $28 million in a suit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has been upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit—and the sum stands to… Read more >


Verdict for Smoker Upheld — First Smoker’s Case to Come to Trial in Connecticut

– Appeals Court Upholds First Jury Verdict against a Tobacco Company in New England History — STAMFORD, CT (July 7, 2017) – The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a decision today upholding a $28 million judgment against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company for damages sustained by an injured Connecticut smoker, Barbara… Read more >


State Supreme Court to Hear Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Marlboro

Christian Nolan, The Connecticut Law Tribune (September 12, 2016) A Connecticut lawsuit against Marlboro that alleges the cigarette maker caused a woman’s lung cancer and death will go before the state Supreme Court justices Tuesday in an effort to clarify the law under the state’s Product Liability Act. The case is being closely watched as eight… Read more >


Update: Conn. Court’s Tobacco Lawsuit Ruling Could Impact Other Products Liability Cases

Christian Nolan, The Connecticut Law Tribune — A Norwich woman who developed cancer after years of smoking Salem cigarettes is one step closer to collecting a $28 million judgment against tobacco manufacturer R.J. Reynolds. The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that lawsuits against cigarette manufacturers aren’t prohibited by an exemption in Connecticut’s tort liability law.… Read more >


Court: Law Doesn’t Bar Suits Against Cigarette Manufacturers

HARTFORD, Conn. — Cigarette manufacturers aren’t immune to lawsuits by smokers who get sick, the state’s highest court ruled Monday in a decision that bolsters the case of a smoker who was stricken with laryngeal cancer and won a $28 million judgment against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Justices said an exemption in liability law doesn’t… Read more >


Conn. Court Says State Law Doesn’t Bar Smokers’ Lawsuits Against Tobacco Companies

Christian Nolan, The Connecticut Law Tribune — A woman who developed cancer after years of smoking Salem cigarettes is one step closer to collecting a $28 million judgment against tobacco manufacturer R.J. Reynolds. The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled on April 25 that lawsuits against cigarette manufacturers aren’t prohibited by an exemption in Connecticut’s tort liability… Read more >


Conn. Smoker Gets Another $15.7M Against Company, March 2011

NEW HAVEN (AP) — A federal judge has awarded nearly $16 million in interest to a smoker who already had won $12 million against a tobacco company in the first such jury award in New England. Judge Stefan Underhill awarded about $15.7 million to Barbara Izzarelli, a Norwich resident who developed larynx cancer. She had… Read more >


Judge Adds Punitives To Tobacco Lawsuit, January 2011

Barbara Izzarelli v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. A U.S. District Court judge in Connecticut has awarded $4 million in punitive damages to a longtime smoker of Salem cigarettes who later developed cancer. e damages are in addition to an $8 million jury award to plainti- Barbara Izzarelli, who in May won her lawsuit against R.J.… Read more >


Free Will and Nicotine Addiction on Trial, May 2010

Every trace of his mellow, live-and-let-live “Big Lebowski” aura evaporated as the biker caught sight of the Connecticut Post headline “Jury awards smoker $8 million.” “F[@#$?!]ing unbelievable,” he says, flicking ashes on the ground outside the Starbucks in Trumbull, where he holds an alfresco court among his buddies. “Do you believe this? I don’t. This… Read more >


Jury in Tobacco Case Awards Smoker $8 Million, May 2010

BRIDGEPORT — A federal court jury dealt a stunning blow to the tobacco industry this week when it awarded $8 million to a Norwich woman who developed cancer after smoking Salem cigarettes for more than 25 years. Her larynx had to be removed as a result of the cancer and she is forced to breathe… Read more >