R.J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO COMPANY v. AHRENS

Case No. 2D16-1651.

R.J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO COMPANY and PHILIP MORRIS USA, INC., Appellants, v. INA E. AHRENS, Personal Representative of the ESTATE OF KARL ROBERT AHRENS, Appellee.

District Court of Appeal of Florida, Second District.


Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Marie A. Borland and Troy A. Fuhrman of Hill Ward Henderson, Tampa; Charles R.A. Morse of Jones Day, New York; and Jason T. Burnette , Stephanie E. Parker , and John M. Walker of Jones Day, Atlanta, for Appellant R.J. Reynolds.

Geoffrey J. Michael and M. Sean Laane of Arnold & Porter, Washington, DC; Keri L. Arnold of Arnold & Porter, LLP, New York; and Daniel F. Molony , Bonnie C. Daboll , Terri L. Parker , Cathy A. Kamm , and Razvan Axente of Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, Tampa, for Appellant Philip Morris.

Daniel R. Hoffman and David J. Sales of David J. Sales, Jupiter; and Gary M. Paige of Gordon & Doner, P.A., Davie, for Appellee.


BY ORDER OF THE COURT:

Upon consideration of the Appellants' motion for a written opinion/citation filed on May 24, 2017, and the motion for leave to file a reply in support of their motion for a written opinion/citation filed June 7, 2017,

IT IS ORDERED that the Appellants' motion for a written opinion is granted. The decision dated May 12, 2017, is withdrawn and the attached opinion is substituted therefor. Appellee's opposition to Appellants' motion is noted. Appellants' motion to reply is denied.

No further motions for rehearing will be entertained in this appeal.

I HEREBY CERTIFY THE FOREGOING IS A TRUE COPY OF THE ORIGINAL COURT ORDER.

MARY ELIZABETH KUENZEL, CLERK.

PER CURIAM.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Philip Morris USA, Inc., appeal from a final judgment following a jury trial in this Engle-progeny tobacco litigation case.1 We affirm the final judgment in all respects. As we did in Philip Morris USA Inc. v. Boatright, 42 Fla. L. Weekly D845 (Fla. 2d DCA Apr. 12, 2017), we certify conflict with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. v. Schoeff, 178 So.3d 487 (Fla. 4th DCA 2015), review granted, No. SC15-2233, 2016 WL 3127698 (Fla. May 26, 2016), on Appellants' argument pertaining to comparative fault.

VILLANTI and BADALAMENTI, JJ., and SMITH, ANDREA T., ASSOCIATE JUDGE, Concur.

FootNotes


1. See Engle v. Liggett Grp., Inc., 945 So.2d 1246 (Fla. 2006).

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