Fla. Engle Tobacco Case Revived After Plaintiff's Death

Law360, Chicago (December 14, 2012, 6:33 PM EST) -- A Florida appellate court on Friday revived an Engle personal injury lawsuit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and other defendants brought by a woman who died while it was pending, saying a lower court improperly barred her estate representative from amending the suit as a wrongful death action.

In a 2-1 decision, Florida's Second District Court of Appeals reversed the dismissal of Della Mae Butler's suit, which followed the Florida Supreme Court's so-called Engle ruling in 2006, which decertified a class of cigarette smokers and their...
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