The start of the next phase of the Florida smokers class-action suit isin jeopardy because of continued maneuvering by the tobacco industryand the untimely death of a plaintiff who was scheduled to have herclaim tried first.

Jurors were scheduled to return from a two-month layoff Sept. 7 inorder to establish damages for Mary Farnan and Angie Dellavecchia, twolifetime smokers. They were selected by the plaintiffs attorneys torepresent as many as 500,000 smokers in Florida that make up the classsuing the industry.

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