FLORIDA SUPREME COURT RULING
On July 6, 2006, in a landmark decision, the Florida Supreme Court determined that:
- Smoking cigarettes causes lung cancer and other diseases
- Nicotine in cigarettes is addictive
- Tobacco companies sold cigarettes that were defective and unreasonably dangerous
- Tobacco companies concealed or omitted important information or failed to disclose material facts concerning the health effects or addictive nature of smoking cigarettes
- Tobacco companies agreed to misrepresent, conceal or omit information regarding the health effects of cigarettes or their addictive nature with the intention that smokers and the public would rely on this informationto their detriment
- Tobacco companies were negligent
FLORIDA TOBACCO VICTIMS CAN FILE LAWSUITS
This decision makes it easier for Florida residents who have suffered or who are suffering from smoking related injuries, or the estates of deceased smokers, to be compensated.
WHO BENEFITS FROM THE FLORIDA SUPREME COURT RULING
To benefit from this ruling an injured or deceased smoker had to be a citizen or resident of Florida and suffered or died from a disease or medical condition caused by cigarettes on or before November 21, 1996.
THE TIME TO FILE A LAWSUIT IS LIMITED
To protect your legal rights or the rights of a loved one, a lawsuit must be filed within one year of the issuance of the Florida Supreme Courtís mandate.
RECORD JURY VERDICT
Finz & Finz, P.C. obtained a record jury verdict on behalf of a smoker in the sum of $20,520,000.00. The record verdict held Phillip Morris and American Tobacco accountable for designing cigarettes to addict smokers. The verdict was published by Verdict Search as one of the top verdicts in the nation for 2005.
If you or a loved one suffer or suffered from a tobacco related disease, simply fill out the free consultation form below, click submit, and an experienced tobacco litigation attorney will review the information submitted and respond to you promptly.
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