Altria Settles Chewing Tobacco Death Suit For $5M

Law360, New York (December 7, 2010, 7:05 PM EST) -- An Altria Inc. unit has agreed to pay $5 million to the family of a North Carolina man who died of mouth cancer, marking what the plaintiffs' attorney said was the first wrongful death settlement in a case over chewing tobacco.

The Connecticut Superior Court at Stamford signed off on a settlement late last week between the family of Bobby Hill, a 42-year old Canton, N.C., man who died of cancer after becoming addicted to chewing tobacco at age 13, and U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co., according...
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