Fla. Court Calls For Deadline Leeway In Engle Suits

Law360, New York (November 22, 2011, 3:53 PM EST) -- A Florida appeals court on Friday advised that a personal injury suit against tobacco giants that becomes a wrongful death suit because of a smoker's death should not lose its established status as an Engle progeny case for missing the original filing deadline.

The court provided the guidance despite ruling that it lacked jurisdiction to review an order blocking the wife of a now-deceased smoker from representing her husband and from amending their personal injury complaint to state an action for wrongful death.

The immediate suit,...
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