Florida Supreme Court won’t rehear Engle
The Florida Supreme Court has refused to rehear the Engle decertification decision. The ruling leaves the plaintiffs with only one option—appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
World Leaf News
Filippe Goossens, financial analyst at Credit Suisse, says it is unlikely that the U.S. Supreme Court would take on the case. What’s more, Stanley Rosenblatt, the plaintiffs’ lead attorney, indicated in an interview that it is unlikely he will seek an appeal, according to Bloomberg News.
The Engle case was filed in 1994 on behalf of all Florida smokers who acquired tobacco-related diseases. It became the first smokers’ class action to make it to trial in U.S. history. In 1999, a Florida jury awarded punitive damages of $145 billion, which were later overturned by an appeals court.