Florida Court Reverses $8M Verdict, Orders Retrial For Tobacco Defendant
(September 15, 2016, 1:26 PM EDT) -- FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — After rejecting an expert’s testimony that every exposure to asbestos substantially contributes to developing mesothelioma, a Florida appeals court on Sept. 14 granted a directed verdict to a gasket company and ordered a new trial for a tobacco company (Crane Co., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., and Hollingsworth & Vose Co. v. Richard DeLisle and Aline DeLisle, Nos. 4D13-4351, 4D14-146, Fla. App., 4th Dist.).
(Opinion available. Document #01-160928-001Z.)
After doctors diagnosed Richard DeLisle with mesothelioma, he filed suit in the 17th Judicial Circuit...