Oliva v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco

VERDICT

Trial
03/17/11 – 03/28/11

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Summary

In this Engle progeny tobacco litigation proceeding, plaintiff Allen Olivia alleged Philip Morris Tobacco Co of fraudulent concealment of dangers of smoking cigarettes manufactured by the company which led the plaintiff to get addicted to smoking at age 15. The plaintiff also alleged the company of manufacturing defective cigarettes which caused the plaintiff chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). At the time of the trial the plaintiff was suffering from end stage emphysema.

The defense characterized Mr. Oliva as a willing smoker who was not risk-averse. In addition, the defense asserted that Mr. Oliva's lawsuit was time-barred because he should have known that he had a smoking-related illness prior to May 5, 1990.

The plaintiff was represented by attorney Adam Trop. The defendant in this case, Philip Morris Tobacco Co was represented by attorney William Geraghty.

The jury found that Mr. Oliva was addicted to cigarettes containing nicotine, but the addiction was not a legal cause of Mr. Oliva's chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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Outcome

Found for the defense

Sessions

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