The high court on Tuesday affirmed a $1.5 million punitive award against Brown & Williamson Tobacco Co.Read More »
A persistent lawsuit against a cigarette maker that was thought to have ended this year after facing two juries and a lengthy appeals process could cough up another run at the Missouri court system. A Christmas week judge’s ruling has ...Read More »
A Jackson County Circuit judge Monday overruled motions from the plaintiff seeking a new trial in a 6-year-old case against Brown & Williamson Tobacco Co. because of juror nondisclosure.
The most recent trial in the high-profile case against the cigarette maker ended in August. A jury found in favor of plaintiff Lincoln Smith, but with an award of $1.5 million after a second, three-and-a-half week trial in Independence.
The plaintiff's attorney, Ken McClain, of Humphrey, Farrington & McClain in Independence, had asked for $110 million in closing arguments this year. The first jury's punitive damage award totaled $20 million but was thrown out on appeal.
A judge’s ruling has diminished chances of a third trial in a long-running case against the maker of Kool cigarettes. A Jackson County Circuit judge this morning overruled motions from the plaintiff seeking a new trial in a six-year-old case ...Read More »
In any normal case, a $1.5 million jury verdict would be an amazing feat. But a long-running lawsuit against cigarette maker Brown & Williamson Tobacco Co. was anything but normal. The 6-year-old case went through one trial, endured a lengthy ...Read More »
A plaintiff’s attorney has asked a Jackson County jury to award $110 million in punitive damages against Brown & Williamson Tobacco Co. In closing arguments this morning, Ken McClain, of Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, urged the jury to make the ...Read More »
Plaintiff’s attorney Ken McClain placed a tobacco pill on his tongue and considered the taste. “It’s sweet, like candy,” he told the jurors, who later passed the product around and smelled it themselves. “It’s not like you might think.” Products ...Read More »
The question in a cigarette lawsuit in Independence is no longer if, but how much. The lengthy trial against Brown & Williamson Tobacco Co. has entered its final phase, where jurors will decide how much the company should shell out ...Read More »
Four years ago, attorney Ken McClain (pictured) achieved a partial victory against Brown & Williamson Tobacco Co. A jury awarded the family of Barbara Smith $500,000 to compensate for her 2000 death from diseases related to her 48-year smoking habit. But the accompanying $20 million punitive award was thrown out after a lengthy appeals process. This week, the case went back before Jackson County Judge Marco Roldan and a new jury, which must decide a relatively limited question: did Brown & Williamson sell the Kool cigarettes that Smith smoked with complete indifference or conscious disregard for the safety of its customers?Read More »