When the Florida Supreme Court opened the door to individual smokers’ suits after decertifying the Engle class action against tobacco companies, plaintiffs attorneys from around the state turned to each other for help, information and camaraderie in taking the cases.

After the July 2006 opinion in the Engle v. Liggett case paved the way for individual suits by smokers, plaintiffs attorneys statewide began forming ad hoc groups and coalitions to help gather information and handle the potentially thousands of cases that could be filed.

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