Last month, Kelley/Uustal was successful in securing a $13 million jury
award on behalf of an Oakland Park widow whose husband died from lung
cancer. The verdict - awarded by a Ft. Lauderdale jury - included $10
million in compensatory damages and $3 million in punitive damages against
cigarette powerhouses R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris.
The case - handled by Attorneys
Eric Rosen, and
Kim Wald - involved a Florida butcher, Paul Pollari, who passed away from lung
cancer in 1994 after having smoked for roughly 50 years. Prompted by the
belief that cigarettes were safe, Pollari began smoking as an early teen
in the 1940s and continued throughout his life despite many attempts to quit.
Kelley/Uustal’s team litigated the case aggressively, citing the
failures of big tobacco to adequately warn consumers like Pollari, and
their efforts to actively keep them addicted. Ultimately, the jury awarded
Pollari’s widow $10 million in damages for her loss of companionship
and protection, and for her pain and suffering. The jury also awarded
$1.5 million in punitive damages against both R. J. Reynolds and Philip
Morris for failing to warn consumers about the dangers of their products.
Attorney McPharlin commented on the case:
Kelley/Uustal is passionate about advocating on behalf of victims and
families who have suffered at the hands of
Big Tobacco. In February, our firm was instrumental in helping a widow secure a $17.4
million verdict against Philip Morris. You can read more about our most
recent case on
"Not only does the verdict help Mrs. Pollari find some semblance of
closure, it's another example of jurors seeing big tobacco's decades-long
ruse for what it was—a lie—and holding them accountable."