High Court's Denial Spurs Big Tobacco To Look Beyond Engle

Law360, New York (June 16, 2014, 10:07 PM EDT) -- Big Tobacco has again failed to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its challenge to plaintiff-friendly findings in the massive Engle personal injury litigation in Florida, a loss that attorneys say could finally push cigarette makers to focus less on dismantling the Florida suits and more on avoiding a similar fate in other states.

The U.S. Supreme Court last week denied 10 certiorari petitions in which tobacco giants including Philip Morris USA Inc., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Lorillard Tobacco Co. challenged cases arising from the Florida Supreme Court's landmark decision in Engle v. Liggett Group Inc. That 2006 ruling...

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