Coates v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.


(Fla., filed January 7, 2022): Arguing that under well-settled federal and Florida law, a punitive damages award that is 106.7 times a substantial compensatory damages award is unlawful on its face.  Well-settled federal and Florida law requires that punitive damages must be tied to the specific harm proved in the case.

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Court ruled in favor of ATRA's position

On January 5, 2023, the Florida Supreme Court ruled in favor of ATRA’s position.

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Transparency in Tort Reform

This letter-to-the-editor was originally published by the Tampa Bay Times in response to their March 13, 2023 article “Florida lawmakers want to help insurance companies by limiting lawsuits.“ The “tort […]