Florida Family Receives $29 Million in Case Concerning Smoker’s Death

South Florida lawyers took on the tobacco industry when a family lawyer in Delray Beach passed away at age 52 from lung cancer. In 1958, high school freshman Thomas Purdo of Detroit started smoking.

“He was influenced by the ads. He was influenced by the culture,” said Alex Alvarez, an attorney for the Purdo family. “In the last 1950s, smoking was normal. Smoking was seen as glamorous and cool. Boys wanted to emulate movie stars.”

His wife became pregnant in the early 1980s with their first child. He quit smoking when he got the news. However, in 1996, he received a diagnosis of lung cancer. A short year after his devastating diagnosis he had passed away. At the time of his death, his children were ages 9 and 15, and his wife, Linda, was left alone to raise them.

Many people think that after several years, the lungs simply go back to being healthy when someone no longer smokes. While improvements can and do occur, smoking still caused damage. Alvarez stated, “What matters is how long and how much you smoked. He had a very significant smoking history.”

In 2007, his family brought a lawsuit again Philip Morris USA and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. When the case made it to trial in April, the tobacco companies attempted to defend themselves by stating that Purdue’s cancer was not caused by his smoking cigarettes. They argued that he must have had either prostate or stomach cancer first and that one of these cancers spread to his lungs.

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However, Alvarez presented his medical records to show evidence that his cancer was primary lung cancer. This means that his cancer started in the lungs and not elsewhere in the body.

“He had three CT scans that never showed any prostate or stomach cancer until the very, very end,” argued Alvarez. “By that time it had already metastasized.”

The tobacco companies also presented the case that the companies did not force Purdo to start nor to continue smoking. They stuck to the idea that his smoking was a personal choice and that advertising and marketing did not play a role in him developing and sticking to his habit.

“When tragedy strikes, victims and their loved ones are left with questions as to how to proceed and handle the financial components of the situation,” says Joe and Martin of a South Carolina. “It is important that they get the information and support that they need so that they can keep their focus on recovering and supporting their loved one.”

The winning of this lawsuit is historic and something many thought could not be done. Many take on Big Tobacco and fail every day. While this does not bring Purdo back, it may help the family to find some closure. It may even help someone who wants to quit smoking, but simply needs something that will motivate them finally kick the smoking habit for good.


Child Injury Attorney and Police Try to Determine the Circumstances around Death of a Toddler


After the unusual circumstances surrounding the death of her two-year-old son, a woman recently hired a John Bales child injury attorney. The mother wishes to mourn privately, as the police sort the details out surrounding the child’s death. Her attorney is able to handle all legal and news matters on her behalf as she deals with the loss of her child and fights for justice.

Twenty-two-year-old man, Dason Darius Hogan, is suspected of killing his girlfriend’s two-year-old son, Michael Lee-Ashley Stem. He has been charged with first and second degree murder, first and second degree assault, as well as child abuse and is set to appear in a criminal court. Hogan has no blood relation to the child, though he was named by courts as the “de facto father.”

a5On the morning that the child died, he was alone with Hogan in a hotel room, in which Hogan, his girlfriend, and three children had been living. The child’s mother left for work that morning at her job at a nearby grocery store, while her other two children went to the bus stop.  Hogan made a trip to the grocery store to purchase food. According to the attorney representing the mother of the deceased, Hogan claimed that he fed Stem beans and hot dogs, then put the child into bed. Less than an hour after laying down, the child complained of a stomach ache and Hogan took him to the restroom to vomit. Hogan reportedly checked on him about 30 minutes after putting him back in bed and he was not breathing.

Once he noticed that the child was not breathing, he tried repeatedly to contact the mother by text and phone call.  Upon arriving back at the hotel, the mother told him Hogan to call 911. When the mother went into the child’s room, she observed bruising on his chest and abdomen. Hogan claims that the bruising was from assisting the child in vomiting, though he failed to mention that in his interview with police.

Hogan insisted that additional injuries and bruising on the body were from giving CPR to the child. The chief medical examiner in Baltimore said that after completing the autopsy, he concluded the injuries could not have been sustained by any rescue methods, such as CPR. They were consistent with aggressive hitting or kicking of the child.

An arrest warrant was issued for Hogan and he is currently in custody with a $500,000, no property bond. The judge presiding over this case set a high bail amount, making the release of Hogan highly unlikely.

It is in these types of cases, where a clear motive or method cannot be determine, a child injury attorney is very advantages. Such an attorney will be able to help the family of the victim receive the financial compensation they so deserve, for the emotional agony they have suffered. Hiring a child injury attorney is advantageous in cases like this. And our proposal is that it be John Bales Attorneys. These specialized attorneys to ensure the families all the justice the law has to offer.









27 Cases of Tax Fraud in Michigan

In a case that rocked Kalamazoo, Michigan, a local woman who helped people file their tax returns, has been found guilt of 27 individual cases of felony tax fraud. It took the U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids to hear the case.

The court decided that 39 year old Fontrice Lenee Charles knowingly entered false information into tax returns which insured that her clients received larger reimbursements from the IRS than they would have if the paperwork had been filed properly. She ran this scam from 2011 through 2014.

At the time, Charles was operating a tax preparation company called #1 Tax Lady.

Each of Charles 27 convictions carries a 5 year maximum in prison though so far the judge who oversaw the case hasn’t handled the sentencing.

During the trial, the prosecution explained to the jury that Charles managed to file 967 different tax returns with inaccurate information which resulted in her collecting $4 million in improper refunds for herself and her clients.

The Justice Department issued a press release stating, “the jury also found Charles guilty of filing her own false tax returns for 2010 and 2011. These returns were false because they did not report the income that Charles earned as a result of her fraudulent tax preparation activity, and because she claimed a deceased person as a dependent.”

The trouble that some Americans encounter is that they trust their tax preparer is doing things properly and they fail to take the time to read over the return before it’s been filed, or simply don’t realize that some of the information is wrong. The government recently launched a study where they sent secret shoppers to different tax preparers. Only 11% of the completed tax returns contained accurate information. The mistakes on the rest of the tax returns were as low a $52 and as high as $3,718.

In the case of Fontrice Lenee Charles, the fraud was knowingly committed, but there have also been many situations where the preparer simply made a mistake. In many instances, the IRS doesn’t notice the mistake, while in others, a red flag is raised and the tax payer finds themselves being audited.

Don’t assume that just because the person who prepared your taxes made a mistake that it means you don’t have to worry about the IRS. As far as the IRS is concerned, it’s your problem so they’re going to come after you.

If you had your taxes professionally prepared and have learned that the IRS is now stating that you suddenly owe back taxes, the best thing you can do for yourself is to contact an experienced tax attorney and explain the situation. Don’t try to correct the issue yourself. Not only will the tax attorney make communicating with the IRS smoother, but the tax attorney will also prove that it was the preparer who made the error and that you knew nothing about it, and help negotiate a settlement with the IRS.