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Big Tobacco's Preemption Args Can't Shake Engle Defeat

Law360, New York (August 11, 2016, 8:06 PM EDT) -- A Florida appeals court Wednesday upheld a judgment for a smoker's estate in an Engle progeny case, rejecting R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris' arguments that federal law implicitly preempts relevant state-law tort claims and what the companies described as an effective ban on selling cigarettes.

A panel of Florida's Second District Court of Appeal refused to shake a trial win for James H. Lourie, the personal representative for the estate of Barbara Ruth Lourie. According to Courtroom View Network, James Lourie had claimed that cigarette makers...
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