Philip Morris Prevails In 1st Solo Smoking Suit In Alaska

Law360, New York (November 17, 2011, 1:51 PM EST) -- An Alaska jury on Wednesday found in favor of Philip Morris USA Inc. in the first individual health liability and deceptive advertising case over smoking to be tried in the state, according to the tobacco giant.

The suit was brought by Dolores Hunter on behalf of Benjamin Francis, her common law husband. Francis died from lung cancer in December 2004 at the age of 52 after a lifetime of smoking a pack or more a day of Marlboro cigarettes, according to Hunter.

The suit accused Philip...
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