$50M Worth Of Tobacco Appeals Won't Get High Court Hearing

Law360, New York (March 26, 2012, 3:51 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it would not hear four appeals by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Philip Morris USA Inc. of decisions in Florida awarding more than $50 million to families of smokers who died after decades of cigarette use.

The lawsuits, including a $28.3 million ruling against R.J. Reynolds for the widow of a man who died of lung cancer, all stemmed from the so-called Engle class action launched against several tobacco companies in 1994, which the Florida Supreme Court decertified in...
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