Deal settles hundreds of cases against tobacco firms

Motley Rice, LLC, along with co-counsel Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, and the Wilner Firm, P.A., have reached a $100 million aggregate settlement with Lorillard Tobacco Company, Philip Morris USA and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, for approximately 400 personal-injury and wrongful-death tobacco cases pending in Florida federal district court.

The settlement resolves a substantial number of claims by smokers who were allegedly damaged by tobacco products from these three companies. The included cases are a subset of the suits filed against tobacco companies following the 2006 landmark ruling of Engle v. Liggett Group.

The agreement covers cases that have not yet received a verdict, that are not on appeal or previously settled and that have not been dismissed. It also does not include cases already filed in the Florida state court system, which will continue to proceed to trial.

“I am gratified that we were able to reach this settlement agreement that will provide much-needed relief for our clients,” Motley Rice co-founder and chief settlement negotiator Joe Rice said. “Whenever people are suffering, we always welcome serious, fair offers that may more quickly resolve their claims and help them move on with their lives as best they can.”

Motley Rice is one of the nation’s largest plaintiffs’ litigation firms, often working with clients challenging tobacco and pharmaceutical companies.

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