The Cigarette Rule — Up In Smoke?

Law360, New York (March 18, 2010, 1:08 PM EDT) -- A Connecticut jury recently awarded nearly $15 million to a class of automotive body shop plaintiffs[1] based on the jury’s finding that the insurance company defendant violated the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act.[2]

The plaintiffs may get far more than they bargained for, however, if their lawsuit actually results in a seismic shift in the law that ultimately restricts potential plaintiffs’ ability to bring similar actions in the future.

Such a shift would align Connecticut with an emerging trend and possibly influence other jurisdictions to follow...
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