Sick smokers in Florida have until mid-June to line up for part of a $580 million pile of cash set aside unconditionally by cigarette makers -- and prospects for claiming a share are heating up. Tobacco companies created the fund to avoid a constitutional challenge to a law drastically lowering the appeal bond needed to challenge a landmark $145 billion jury award. Claimants must prove they suffer from one of 16 illnesses the trial jury blamed on smoking.
Proposals Abound for Doling Out $580 Million to Claimants With Smoking-Related Illnesses
Daily Business Review
April 23, 2008