Cancer Widow Seeks $27M From Tobacco, Auto Parts Cos.
Law360 (October 5, 2018, 8:18 PM EDT) -- R.J. Reynolds, Philip Morris and an auto parts company should pay $27 million in damages for selling cigarettes and asbestos-laden brakes that combined to cause a man’s fatal lung cancer, counsel for the man’s widow told a Boston jury Friday during closing arguments.
At the end of the roughly monthlong trial before Middlesex County Superior Court Judge Heidi Brieger, Jerome H. Block of Levy Konigsberg LLP, representing Joanna Summerlin, argued that the tobacco companies knew they were selling a dangerous and addictive product, and that Hampden Automotive Corp. knew its brakes contained asbestos, which would be harmful when inhaled.
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