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a woman failed to convince a Missouri jury on June 17 that any of the three major tobacco companies were liable for her lung cancer. Linda Welch, 49, was diagnosed with cancer and had her right lung removed. She sued the manufacturers of the cigarettes she smoked, Brown & Williamson Tobacco, Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds, alleging that her condition was directly caused by smoking, and that the companies’ products were defective and unreasonably dangerous. She claimed, in part, that she was addicted to the defendants’ products and was unable to quit, and that the companies conspired to conceal the risks posed by their products. The defendants claimed Welch was aware of the health risks of smoking. Welch v. Brown & Williamson Tobacco, No. 00-CV-209292 (Jackson Co., Mo., Cir. Ct.). PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEYS: Kenneth B. McClain, Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, Independence, Mo.; Gregory Leyh, Leyh & Leyh, Kansas City, Mo. DEFENSE ATTORNEYS: Jeffrey Furr and Ursula Henninger, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, Winston-Salem, N.C.; John Johnston and Billy Randles, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Kansas City, Mo.; Mary-Jo Middelhoff and Frank Woodside III, Dinsmore & Shohl, Cincinnati; Bruce Ryder, Thompson Coburn, St. Louis

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