Now if this isn't one of the stupidest lawsuits ever! Wait? They won? SMH

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  1. scotthallwithapick

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    When will people realize you smoke there's a likelihood you might die. Don't blame the tobacco companies you idiot


    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Philip Morris was ordered by a jury Wednesday to pay $8 million in damages to the widow of a smoker who died of lung cancer ina case that could set a standard for some 8,000 similar Florida lawsuits.

    The six jurors deliberated over two days before returning the award for Elaine Hess, 63, whose husband Stuart Hess died in 1997 at age 55 after decades as achain smoker.

    The award amounts to $3 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages against Richmond, Va.-based Philip Morris USA, a unit of AltriaGroup Inc. Hess's attorneys sought up to $130 million.

    "It wasn't about the money from the beginning," Hess said after the verdict. "It was about doing the right thing. I just really hope thiscan help all the thousands of families who have also suffered."

    The Hess case was the first to go to trial since the Florida Supreme Court in 2006 voided a $145 billion class-action jury award in the so-called Englecase, by far the highest punitive damage award in U.S. history. The court said each smoker's case had to be decided individually merits, but let stand thatjury's findings that tobacco companies knowingly sold dangerous products and hid risks from the public.

    To be included in those findings, smokers or their families had to file individual lawsuits by Jan. 11, 2008.

    Altria, the Philip Morris parent, issued a statement calling the Florida legal procedure "profoundly flawed" and predicted the damage awards wouldbe reduced or thrown out on appeal.

    "We plan to challenge the verdict in the trial court and, if necessary, on appeal," said Murray Garnick, an Altria Client Services vice presidentand associate general counsel. "We do not believe today's verdict is predictive of the outcome of future cases."

    The next case begins Thursday before Broward County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Streitfeld, the local self-styled "tobacco judge" who has about 350tobaccco trials on his docket. Others are pending throughout the state.

    The Hess trial, which began Feb. 3, included video of the widely discredited 1994 testimony before Congress in which top executives of the major tobaccocompanies, including Philip Morris, denied that smoking was addictive. The jury in the Hess case previously found that Stuart Hess was hopelessly addicted,even as Philip Morris attorneys pointed to evidence he was capable of quitting.

    The jury did find that Hess was 58 percent responsible for the cigarette addiction that led to his death. If Philip Morris prevails on appeal, that couldcut the compensatory damage award from $3 million to about $1.3 million.

    The jurors declined comment after the verdict.

    The Hess case has been closely watched by the tobacco industry and by the thousands of other Florida smokers and survivors who have sued. Although it doesnot directly control the outcome of the other lawsuits, the Hess case could signal how many of them will turn out.

    The original Florida lawsuit was filed in 1994 by a Miami Beach pediatrician, Dr. Howard Engle, who had smoked for decades and couldn't quit. The classof smokers was estimated at up to 700,000 when the giant $145 billion award was issued in 2000.

    For decades, tobacco companies almost never lost lawsuits filed by smokers but have had several major judgments against them more recently. Philip Morris,for example, is currently appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court a $79.5 million jury award in an Oregon case; other large damage awards against the industry haveoften been reversed or reduced on appeal.
     
  2. jredmond3

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    It's a crazy world, not much surprises me now. Considering a woman sued mcdonald's for her coffee being hot, and a burglar sued the guy whose house hebroke into, both won.
     
  3. dmbrhs

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    It will be overturned on appeal when the verdict isn't decided by a bunch of ******s on a jury in Florida.
     
  4. elcubanodel510

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    I smoke, and i realize it's going to kill me. The damn box says it's going to kill you.[​IMG]
     
  5. scotthallwithapick

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    Exactly I used to smoke for a year then quit but when I was smoking no one was bamboozling me. I knew what I was putting into my lungs and itwasn't good for my longevity. I swear people want to blame everyone for everything.
     
  6. dmbrhs

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    Which is why it will be overturned. Philip Morris probably sent their D Squad of lawyers into this one. Won't happen on appeal when the ASquad shows up.

    Also, I don't like the part where we need to give money to people to compensate them for something that doesn't involve money. It's so arbitrary.
     
  7. dirtylicious

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    But dude probably started smoking when he was say 18?... that's 1960's... the tobacco companies were definitely lying about their products then
     
  8. elvaquero87

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    I see what the juries are doing, they are purposefully siding against the tobacco companies because they want to punish them by making them lose millions. BoyI tell ya, those "TRUTH" ads are doing a number on the tobacco companies.
     
  9. dirtylicious

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    ^those Truth ads are sponsored by the tobacco companies
     
  10. 36 ounces

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    QFT....I'm pretty sure there are age limits to these things.
     
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  12. dmxfury

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    That mcdonalds suit was pretty legit if you read the case and all the facts about it.
     
  13. eight2one

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    this should be overturned!!!

    should i sue adidas for making some superstars that i twisted my ankle in because i didnt feel like changing shoes?
     
  14. the technodrome

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    ^maybe you should you'd have a high probability of being a millionaire
     
  15. trapmuzik617

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    Wow that is completely ridiculous. And so is the justice system as a whole
     
  16. scotthallwithapick

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    que?
     
  17. javier5857

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    [​IMG]
     
  18. desoiation1

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    the most ridiculous case i heard of is when someone broke into a house to steal their belongings, when he tripped on the stairs and broke a bone. the robberthen sued the owner of the house, and guess what? the robber won, due to the fact that he was on the owner's property at the time.

    something similar happened to my borther coworker just recently. the coworker has a son and also has a neighbor with a portable basketball hoop (the ones youput water in to weigh it down). the neighbors gave permission to let the son play basketball whenever he wants. one day, while the neighbors were out of thehouse, the son plays basketball on their yard. he dunks the ball, hangs on it, and the basketball hoop falls on him. he ended up losing and breaking someteeth. the mother of the boy sued the neighbors, and she won.
     
  19. dmbrhs

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    They are absolutely NOT sponsored by tobacco companies. They are paid for by tobacco companies and it is completely ridiculous that they areforced to do so. They are essentially PSAs that major corporations are forced to pay for. The warning labels on the box is all that should be required.There's a hell of a lot of hand-holding in our society because there is a crapload of ******s who can't figure anything out on their own and blame thegovernment (or big business, in this case) for their problems. It was your personal choice to smoke, so it's your fault you got cancer. And by the way,second-hand smoke is pretty much a myth, so quit it with that argument as well.
     
  20. dontsteponmyshoes

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    The government should be sued, they're the ones that allow ciggs to be legal in the first place.
     
  21. dirtylicious

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  22. nicefro

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    Dirty, who's the girl in your avy?