For smokers recently diagnosed with a tobacco-related disease, it's not too late to sue the tobacco industry. The California Supreme Court has unanimously rejected the industry's claim that the statute of limitations for smokers filing claims for physical injury starts as soon as they discover they're addicted to cigarettes. The court essentially found that the state's two-year statute of limitations begins when the smoker is diagnosed with a disease caused by the cigarettes.
Tobacco Claims Will Start Smoking Again, Thanks to Calif. Ruling
February 20, 2007