Federal judges in Florida have thrown a legal monkey wrench into thousands of lawsuits filed on behalf of sick smokers by rejecting a pivotal part of the Florida Supreme Court decision that threw out a record-breaking $145 billion verdict and dismantled a statewide class action. The state high court ruled that future plaintiffs could use jury findings on illnesses and industry negligence in suits against cigarette makers, but recent federal court orders have questioned the effect of those findings.
Federal Judges: Fla. High Court Got It Wrong in Historic Tobacco Case
Daily Business Review
September 10, 2008