Secondhand Smoke Not Aggravating FA's Asthma: Court | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 09.26.16

Airborne 09.27.16

Airborne 09.28.16

Airborne 09.29.16

Airborne 09.23.16

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 09.26.16

Airborne 09.27.16

Airborne 09.28.16

Airborne 09.29.16

Airborne 09.23.16

Wed, Feb 12, 2003

Secondhand Smoke Not Aggravating FA's Asthma: Court

R.J. Reynolds Wins 'Seal' Flight Attendant Case In Florida

A Miami jury found last week that R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and other cigarette manufacturers are not liable in the Seal case, a secondhand smoke suit filed by James A. Seal, a United Airlines flight attendant. Seal is the sixth case of its type to go to trial since 2001. Juries ruled in favor of the tobacco industry in the Fontana, Janoff and Tucker cases, but ruled against the industry in the French case. The Quiepo case ended in a mistrial in May 2002 and was subsequently dismissed.

"After hearing all the facts in this case, the six-member jury unanimously agreed that Mr. Seal's exposure to secondhand smoke in airplanes did not aggravate his asthma," said R. Dal Burton, Reynolds Tobacco's attorney in the case. "In fact," he added, "credible evidence does not exist to show that secondhand smoke aggravated Mr. Seal's asthma. "This victory was particularly satisfying because an order that was entered in these flight-attendant cases effectively and wrongfully prevented us from fully defending ourselves," Burton said. "Despite this handicap, we prevailed."

Seal is a flight attendant who claimed that his underlying asthma was aggravated as a result of his exposure to secondhand smoke in aircraft cabins from 1973 until the present, while working as a flight attendant for United Airlines.

Seal is among approximately 2,800 suits filed by individuals seeking compensatory damages for injuries allegedly caused by occupational exposure to secondhand smoke as a flight attendant. These suits stem from the Broin class-action suit, which was settled in 1997.

Other defendants in the Seal case included Philip Morris USA Inc., Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation, Lorillard Tobacco Company and the American Tobacco Company.

FMI: www.rjrt.com (Look under Tobacco Issues, Litigation, Case Backgrounders, Seal Backgrounder.)

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 09.28.16: NEW DJI Mavic!, EAA's Next STC, Sean Tucker Honored

Also: LA Times v SMO, APS UAT Program, Gordon Bennett 2016, Tucson Control Tower, Hubble Find, Southwest Airlines, Iowa State Another new small unmanned aerial system is now on the>[...]

AeroSports Update: Sean Tucker Is Honored By The CAF

Aerobatic Pilot Sean Tucker Receives The 2016 Lloyd P. Nolen Lifetime Achievement In Aviation Award Aerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker has been named the recipient of the Lloyd P. Nole>[...]

Elon Musk Outlines Vision For Martian City

Rockets Carrying As Many As 200 People Could Leave For The Neighboring Planet In 'Decades' No one can deny that Elon Musk thinks big, and in a speech at the International Astronaut>[...]

Dutch Investigators Release Findings In MH17 Shootdown

Determines That The Missile 'Came From Russia' The Buk missile that destroyed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 came from Russia, according to a Dutch-led >[...]

ForeFlight, SiriusXM Introduce Satellite Aviation Weather Service

Weather And Other Key Information Available Using The SXAR1 Portable Receiver Today ForeFlight and SiriusXM introduced SiriusXM Aviation weather service on the newest version of Fo>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2016 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC