Lucille Soffer vs R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company – Wrongful Death – Mark Avera, Rod Smith and Dawn Vallejos-Nichols

The Florida Supreme Court ruled in favor of Avera & Smith client Lucille Soffer in a case against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company that will have significant implications for other Engle progeny tobacco-related cases statewide. The Supreme Court ruling reversed a First District Court of Appeal decision from 2012 that affirmed the compensatory damages verdict in the case, but found that the plaintiff was not entitled to seek punitive damages on the unintentional tort claims for negligence and strict liability.