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Tobacco & Vaping Lawsuits

Protecting Consumers' Rights Against Tobacco & Vaping Company Misinformation

At Levy Konigsburg, we believe in protecting the rights of consumers, one case at a time. We've seen first-hand how tobacco companies can conceal the true danger of consuming their products. With new vaping technologies, the lines have become even more gray. The marketing has become more enticing to a younger audience. Let us help.

It is now well-known that the tobacco industry, starting in the 1950s, engaged in a fraudulent scheme to conceal the dangers of cigarettes and engineered its tobacco products to addict consumers starting when they were young teenagers. While the tobacco industry continues to sell traditional cigarettes that are defective and unreasonably dangerous products, a new threat to teenagers and young adults has emerged.

Think you have a tobacco or vaping case? Call us today at 800-315-3806 for a consultation.

A New Age of Tobacco Lawsuits: Vaping & E-Cigarrettes

E-Cigarettes, also known as vaping products, have exploded in popularity among school-aged children as product packaging, marketing campaigns and flavors have been used to capture a new generation of smokers. The traditional cigarette and the E-cigarette or vaping products are “nicotine delivery devices”. As high-level tobacco executives often admitted privately, the tobacco industry is not in the cigarette business, they are in the nicotine business. Nicotine in cigarettes (or in any inhaled device) is a powerfully addictive drug that is even more difficult to quit than even cocaine or heroin. While traditional cigarettes cause death slowly over a period of decades (with over 100,000 people dying each year from smoking-induced lung cancer) the long- term effects of E-cigarette vaping is unknown because the products are still new. However, the increasing popularity of E-cigarette vaping products (including JUUL) has already sounded alarms with a growing epidemic of “acute” (immediate) injuries and even death. The Food and Drug Administration has reported over 60 confirmed deaths from vaping and over 2000 cases of lung damage requiring hospitalization.

What Was the Big Tobacco Lawsuit?

A major court case against Big Tobacco was won in 2006 by the American Cancer Society and other plaintiffs. According to Judge Gladys Kessler, tobacco companies lied about the deadly effects of cigarettes and secondhand smoke to the American public.

Despite years of stalling and negotiating, today tobacco companies will have to run an extensive television and newspaper advertising campaign at their own expense, acknowledging the truth about their products.

ACS CAN and all Americans have won a major victory with this court case and advertising campaign.

How Do I Know if I Have a Tobacco or Vaping Lawsuit?

Tobacco lawsuits have been litigated now for decades with mixed results across many states. Our firm’s tobacco department, led by partners Jerome Block and Amber Long have a proven track record in tobacco cases with victories in New York in the Mulholland case against Philip Morris and the Clinton case against American Tobacco Company. Our firm also was lead trial counsel in a historic victory in a Massachusetts menthol lung cancer lawsuit in which the jury in the Summerlin case awarded $43.1 million dollars. In that case, the jury found against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company on plaintiff’s failure to warn claims, breach of implied warranty claims (based on both failure to warn and product design defect), fraudulent concealment, and punitive damages. The key to the Summerlin case, as in most tobacco cases, is the strong evidence of addiction of cigarettes. In closing argument in the Summerlin case, partner Jerome Block, started with this: “Addiction. Addiction goes to the heart of this case… Mr. Summerlin’s addiction to menthol cigarettes that were purposely designed to addict… they did things to make those cigarettes as addictive as they could. Mr. Summerlin’s addiction to menthol cigarettes… was established for years and years and years before there were any warnings on the pack.” The Summerlin tobacco jury verdict was featured as an episode of The Great Trials Podcast. Our law firm has upheld landmark jury victories against tobacco companies by defending verdicts on appeal and winning post-trial motions.

The firm is now applying its expertise gained through years of tobacco litigation to investigate potential E-cigarette or vaping death or injury lawsuits. The common thread between the traditional tobacco lawsuit and the E-cigarette vaping lawsuit is nicotine addiction that ultimately leads to injury or death. The firm is also investigating potential THC (marijuana) vaping product lawsuits. The FDA has documented cases of serious lung injury and death from both E-cigarette nicotine products and THC vaping products.

If you or a family member has experienced serious lung injury or death from the use of cigarettes or E-cigarette vaping products, our firm will provide you with a free case evaluation. We guarantee that you will pay no attorney’s fees unless we recover money in your case. Our attorneys and staff are experienced and compassionate. Feel free to contact us now by having a “live chat” on this page, filling out a website form or calling the number at the top of the screen.

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In 1994, Big Tobacco swore in front of Congress that nicotine was not addictive. That was a lie. Big Tobacco has spent countless dollars over the last 75+ years to make its tobacco products as addictive as possible while simultaneously insisting that nicotine is not addictive. The attorneys at Levy Konigsberg don’t buy into their lies. We proudly take the legal fight against Big Tobacco on behalf of lung cancer victims and their families from all corners of the country.

Our High-Impact cases

  • VERDICT IN FOUR MESOTHELIOMA CASES $750 Million
  • FLINT WATER CRISIS SETTLEMENT $626 Million
  • LARGEST MESOTHELIOMA VERDICT IN U.S. HISTORY $325 Million

    This case is currently awaiting final review on appeal.

  • LANDMARK MESOTHELIOMA CASE $117 Million
  • Landmark Mesothelioma Case $117 Million

    Stephen and Kendra Lanzo v. Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc. and Imerys Talc America, Inc.

  • Mesothelioma Case $90.5 Million

    Johns Manville I

  • Whistleblower & Qui Tam Case $70 Million

    USA ex rel Dr. Gabriel Feldman vs. The City of New York

  • Mesothelioma Case $47.2 Million

    Consorti, Luchnick, Pulizzi, Tabolt

  • Menthol Cigarettes Case $43.1 Million

    Joanna M. Summerlin, Individually and as Executor of the Estate of Louis E. Summerlin

  • Mesothelioma Case $37.3 Million

    Douglas Barden et al. v. Johnson & Johnson (“J&J) and Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc. (“JJCI”)

  • Mesothelioma Case $30.3 Million

    Susan Buttitta v. Asbestos Corp., et al.

  • Mesothelioma Case $23 Million

    City of Baltimore v. U.S. Gypsum et al.

  • Mesothelioma Case $22 Million

    Mayer, Pride

  • Mesothelioma Case $19.5 Million

    Matteson, Lustenring v. AC & S, Inc., et al.

  • Mesothelioma Case $18.5 Million

    New York Brooklyn Navy Yard Consolidated Asbestos Litigation

  • Mesothelioma Case $18.2 Million

    Ronsini, Cardinal, Hoz

  • Mesothelioma Case $18.2 Million

    Gantcher, White, Venturno, Dollas, Mangialomini

  • Toxic Chemical Exposure $18.2 Million

    Ayers v. Township of Jackson

  • Mesothelioma Case $16.5 Million

    Florence Nemeth v. Whittaker Clark & Daniels, et al.

  • Mesothelioma Case $14.3 Million

    New York Consolidated Powerhouse Asbestos Litigation

OUR PARTNERS Making a Difference for Clients and Public Health

Levy Konigsberg’s landmark jury verdicts and settlements make a difference in the lives of our clients and the public. Our cases have changed the law to make people safer and resulted in dangerous products being removed from the market. Our attorneys handle a broad range of cases, including cases involving mesothelioma, lead poisoning, water contamination, sexual abuse, pharmaceutical liability, tobacco injuries, toxic chemical exposure,  and more. We have been nationally recognized for our long history of achieving record-setting results.

MEDIA APPEARANCES

The attorneys of Levy Konigsberg have appeared as legal analysts on numerous local and national news outlets, including NBC, USA Today, and AP. Our firm has been featured by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other highly respected publications for our noteworthy case results and numerous successes in high-profile civil litigation matters. We have also been frequently recognized by local news stations and media for our legal achievements and commitment to bettering the communities we serve.
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