An unexpectedly large number of sick smokers staked claims to a $580 million fund set aside in Florida in litigation against the nation's biggest cigarette makers, which could produce awards of about $15,000 a person. About 40,000 claims were filed in time for a midnight Monday deadline, twice the number that had been expected by a team handling the distribution. Smokers who made the registration deadline have until Aug. 1 to prove their claims under a burden of proof that may be too stringent for some.
40,000 Claims Filed for $580 Million Smokers' Trust Fund
Daily Business Review
June 17, 2008