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Case Number: 2016-CA-029336
Judge: Jennifer Bailey
Court: 11th Circuit Court, Miami-Dade County, Florida
Plaintiff's Attorney: William Wichmann
Defendant's Attorney: Todd Davis
Description: Miami, Florida personal injury lawyer represented Plaintiff who sued Defendants on product liability wrongful death theories.
Plaintiff, the representative of the Estate of Charles Hoffner, sued R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and others claiming that the tobacco products manufactured and sold by Defendants were defective and unreasonably dangerous.
Charles Hoffner developed coronary artery disease and underwent bypass surgery in 1991 and died in 2019.
Plaintiff claimed that Defendants should be held liable for "hooking him" on cigarettes and concealing the dangers of smoking during much of the latter half of the 20th Century.
Defendants claimed that the decedent did not smoke enough cigarettes to cause his death.
This is an Engle-progeny case.
Outcome: Plaintiff's verdict for $1.3 million.