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Jury Finds Smoker's COPD Time-Barred, Giving RJR A Win

Law360, New York (February 8, 2017, 5:30 PM EST) -- A Florida jury found Wednesday that a woman who died after smoking Winstons for decades should have known she had chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder before the 1990 cutoff for membership in the Engle class, even though she was not diagnosed until 1993.

Totsie Fleming, born in 1932, smoked from at least 1950 to 1990 and passed away in 2007. Her estate claimed that Fleming had no indications she had COPD until well after the cutoff date.

After a one-and-a-half-week trial, lawyers for Fleming's estate and R.J. Reynolds...
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