Legal Team Scores $10M For Man Who Started Smoking At 7

, Daily Business Review


Alex Alvarez

Case: William Crawford v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco

Case no: 11-14352CA20

Description: Product liability

Filing date: May 9, 2011

Trial dates: Sept. 16-30, 2013

Judge: Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Ronald Dresnick

Plaintiff attorneys: Alex Alvarez, Alvarez Law Firm, Miami; Randy Rosenblum, Freiden, Dobrinsky, Brown & Rosenblum, Miami

Defense attorney: Mark Belasic and Dennis Murphy, Jones Day, Cleveland

Jury award: $10 million

Details: William Crawford, 78, of Stuart started smoking at 7. He was born during the Great Depression and raised in a rural Alabama farming community where it was commonplace for men to begin smoking young.

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