Pointing to problems with expert witnesses, an appeals court Wednesday rejected an $8 million verdict in a case filed by a man who said he suffered mesothelioma because of exposure to asbestos in cigarette filters and in other products.
A panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal ordered a new trial for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and a “directed” verdict in favor of Crane Co., a manufacturing company.
It ruled against Richard DeLisle, who won the verdict in the Broward County case.
DeLisle alleged that he was exposed to asbestos in filters of Kent cigarettes he smoked in the 1950s.
R.J. Reynolds is a successor company to the manufacturer of Kent cigarettes.
He also alleged exposure in the 1960s in a workplace through sheet gaskets used by Crane Co., a valve and pump manufacturer, the ruling said.
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