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Posted 4 years ago in Litigation Products Liability by Michele Bowman  
US Supreme Court Rejects Big Tobacco Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 7 declined to hear big tobacco companies’ appeal of a Florida Supreme Court decision that makes it easier for smokers to sue the companies. As a result, a jury’s findings of fact in a massive class action suit from years ago can continue to be used in individual suits.    New Case, Old Findings Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds, and Liggett had asked the high court to hear their appeal of a $2.5-million jury award …

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Posted 4 years ago in Jury Awards Products Liability by Sylvia Hsieh  
Surviving Spouses of Smokers Win Millions Against Big Tobacco

The widow of a lifelong smoker who died of lung cancer won a $2.5 million award against Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Beatrice Skolnick’s husband, Leo, began smoking Camel, Marlboro and Pall Mall brand cigarettes in his youth. He died of lung cancer in 1993 at the age of 75. “Mr. Skolnick smoked, and smoking caused his cancer,” said Scott Schlesinger, one of the attorneys for Mrs. Skolnick. “But he trusted the word of tobacco companies who told …

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