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Smokeless Tobacco Company Pays $5,000,000 in Wrongful Death Action.

Smokeless Tobacco Company Pays $5,000,000 in Wrongful Death Action.

The Wall Street Journal (12/8, Helliker) reports in a first-of-its-kind suit, US Smokeless tobacco agreed to a five million dollar settlement in a wrongful death suit from the family of a life-long tobacco chewer who died of mouth cancer. The settlment was reached a while ago, but just officially announced in Court.

The plaitniff, Bobby Hill, began using Skoal and Copenhagen tobacco at 13. The Journal notes that no such jury verdict tagging the tobacco industry with inflicting harm caused by smokeless tobacco has been issued.

Plaintiff attorney Antonio Ponvert III said "The fact that he was addicted as a child took away any personal responsibility defense, and the absence of any label meant they couldn't say, 'We warned you.'"

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