The Winston-Salem Journal has published a
report on their website about Kelley/Uustal’s recent victory against tobacco
company R.J. Reynolds on behalf of the surviving family of Matthew Buonomo.
Mr. Buonomo died at the age of 80 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
(COPD) in 2008 after heavily smoking since the age of 13. The lawsuit
accused the company of knowingly concealing the risks associated with
cigarette smoking through deceptive means.
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Eric Rosen, and
Todd McPharlin successfully obtained $4.1 million in damages for Mr. Buonomo’s
widow and an additional $25 million in punitive damages. So far, R.J.
Reynolds has declined to comment on the ruling.
This case is one of many Engle progeny lawsuits springing from a 2006 Florida
Supreme Court decision decertifying a proposed $145 billion class action
lawsuit. Those who wish to take legal action are required to file individual
lawsuits stating that their illnesses, or the deaths of loved ones, were
caused by cigarettes.
Kelley/Uustal has successfully handled numerous cases against Big Tobacco
companies like R.J. Reynolds.
To speak with a Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney about your potential
case, please call our office at (954) 715-4511.