León Cosgrove

State Prevails in Enforcement Action Against Big Tobacco

By: Scott B. Cosgrove

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.– Dec. 27, 2017—Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced in a news release issued today that the Palm Beach County Circuit Court has ruled in favor of the State of Florida in its lawsuit – brought forth by attorneys from León Cosgrove LLP and the state – against Reynolds Tobacco and Imperial Tobacco Group. The ruling, by Judge Jeffrey Dana Gillen, means that the tobacco company will need to continue to pay the state of Florida tens of millions of dollars in annual payments, per the terms of the 1997 landmark agreement reached with RJR and other major tobacco companies to settle the state’s past and future legal claims for providing health care to Florida smokers. Law360 covered the ruling in this article, published on January 2, 2018.