Kelley | Uustal Attorneys Win $10.6M Verdict for Family of Late-Life Smoker

Kelley | Uustal attorneys Eric S. Rosen and Kimberly L. Wald secured a $10.6 million verdict against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. on behalf of the family of a smoker who died of lung cancer.

Although the case was part of the Engle progeny, it was a rare one because the deceased, Janice Hamilton, started smoking at 31 years old, which is significantly later than most claimants. This meant Rosen and Wald couldn’t use any of the well-known industry documents showing that Big Tobacco targeted children and teens. Rosen knew this would be a challenge, but as he told the Daily Business Review, “the idea is that whether you’re 15, or you’re 31 or 40, and you pick up a cigarette, there’s a very high potential for getting addicted.”

The jury determined Hamilton was addicted to the cigarettes that caused her cancer. While they found her to be 22.5% at fault, R.J. Reynolds was assigned the remainder of the blame. Each of the Hamilton’s three adult children were awarded $2 million, as well as a total of $4.6 million in punitive damages.

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DBR Interviews Michael Hersh and Kimberly Wald on the $35 Million Verdict Secured for their Client

What was supposed to have been a lovely day for a newly engaged couple took an ugly turn when the two were involved in a car crash that would lead to one of…

Kelley | Uustal Attorneys Secure $35M Jury Award for Paralyzed Navy Veteran

Kelley | Uustal trial attorneys Michael Hersh and Kimberly Wald won a $35 million award from a Broward County jury for a Navy veteran left paralyzed following a car crash in Hollywood four…

K|U Hosts the FJA’s Member Appreciation Reception

We are proud to have hosted the Florida Justice Association’s Member Appreciation Reception last week in Fort Lauderdale. K|U managing partner Michael Hersh welcomed guests, who enjoyed an evening of…