GOING DOWN: BAT
Sunday 11 July 1999
The verdict is the latest courtroom defeat for the US tobacco industry and highlights the mounting threat. The government is expected to file suit later this year to recoup money spent treating sick smokers.
The Florida case was the first class-action lawsuit to go to trial. Other attempts to group individual smokers' suits into a single class were denied in their early stages. The Florida case may eventually have its class- action status revoked as well.
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