Giddens v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Philip Morris USA, Inc.

Beck Redden represented Philip Morris in a federal Engle-progeny case in the Middle District of Florida. Roger Giddens’s son filed a suit for compensatory and punitive damages against two cigarette manufacturers, claiming his father died from a smoking-related illness. Kat Gallagher led a trial team of attorneys from four renowned law firms to defend Philip Morris against Plaintiff’s negligence, strict liability, fraud, and conspiracy claims.

After two weeks of trial, the jury returned a verdict for the Defendants on the fraud and conspiracy charges, and found that Philip Morris was only 7% at fault for the negligence and strict liability claims.  As such, Beck Redden’s client was liable for a total of $5,600 in damages.