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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 >