Blitch v. RJR and Bowman v. RJR


03/14/11 – 03/23/11

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The Blitch and Bowman Engle tobacco cases were filed together, but tried separately.

Blitch v. R.J. Reynolds

In this Engle progeny tobacco litigation proceeding, plaintiff James Blitch (personal representative of the estate of Elizabeth Blitch) alleged Liggett Group of fraudulent concealment of dangers of smoking cigarettes manufactured by the company which led Elizabeth Blitz to get addicted to smoking at an early age. The plaintiff also alleged the company of manufacturing defective cigarettes which resulted in Ms. Blitch’s death due to cancer of the esophagus in 1998.

The plaintiff was represented by attorney Norwood Wilner. The defendant in this case, Liggett group was represented by attorney Kelly Luther.

The jury found that Ms. Blitch was addicted to smoking, and the addiction to smoking was the legal cause of the cancer that caused her death. However, the jury also found that neither Liggett's actions nor the defective nature of the cigarettes was a legal cause of Ms. Blitch's death. For more information , visit the CVN News Blog.

Bowman v. R.J. Reynolds
Mike Bowman died of esophageal cancer allegedly caused by smoking R.J. Reynolds cigarettes. The jury found that Mr. Bowman was addicted to cigarettes, and that RJR was liable for his death. The jury awarded $1.5M in damages, but allocated 70% of the fault to the plaintiff. For more information about the Bowman trial, visit the CVN News Blog.


Blitch: Found for the defense


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