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$12.5 Million Verdict in Tobacco Case

Fort Lauderdale litigators Catherine Darlson of Kelley Uustal and Eric S. Rosen of Rosen Injury Law collaborated to secure a $12.5 million jury verdict for the widow of a South Florida homicide detective who died in 2009 after more than 40 years of smoking cigarettes.

It was a trial that required the plaintiff’s team to defend their deceased client from allegations that he wasn’t really a victim in the way his loved ones had described.

Rosen began working on the case while at Kelley Uustal.

His client James McHugh died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD—an incurable lung disease that blocks airways. The plaintiff’s expert pulmonologist described the illness as “equivalent to being waterboarded all day, every day,” according to Darlson.


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