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In 1998, major tobacco companies reached a historic legal settlement with states that had sued them over the health care costs of smoking-related illnesses. But individual smokers have continued to sue, and to this day the tobacco industry remains tied up in hundreds of court fights with sickened smokers, or with family members who lost a loved one to cancer, heart disease, or other smoking-related illness.

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Siding with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., a state appeals court Tuesday tossed out a $3 million verdict in a lawsuit filed by the husband of a woman who died of lung cancer after being a longtime smoker.

Montana legislators expanded Medicaid by a very close vote in 2015. The measure passed with the condition that the expansion of Medicaid eligibility in the state would expire in 2019 unless lawmakers voted to reapprove it.

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A divided state appeals court this week upheld a nearly $6.4 million verdict in a case filed against cigarette-maker Philip Morris USA by the widow of a Jacksonville man who died of smoking-related illnesses.

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The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments in June in a case that focuses on the amount of damages an adult child should be able to receive in the smoking-related death of her mother.

If you read a newspaper on Sunday, there's a good chance you came across a full-page ad warning of the dangers of smoking.

The stark messages with black text on an otherwise blank page tell readers that cigarettes kill 1,200 Americans every day. The same messages start to run Monday evening on prime time television.

Tobacco Companies Ordered To Pay $35 Million

Apr 13, 2017
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Pointing to "intentional" wrongdoing in the past by the tobacco industry, a state appeals court Wednesday ordered two cigarette makers to pay a full $35 million jury award in a case involving a man who had to undergo two double-lung transplants.

Appeals Court Backs New Trial In Sick Smoker Case

Sep 8, 2016
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A state appeals court ruled Wednesday that some tobacco companies should receive a new trial in a case involving a woman who suffered smoking-related illnesses --- but it also overturned a verdict in favor of cigarette maker Philip Morris USA.

Court Rules Against Tobacco Companies On Ban Question

Aug 11, 2016
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A state appeals court Wednesday rejected arguments by two tobacco companies that part of a landmark Florida Supreme Court ruling amounts to an improper ban on selling cigarettes.

Tobacco Industry Takes Hit In Punitive Damages Ruling

Mar 21, 2016
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In a defeat for the tobacco industry, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday opened cigarette makers to more potential punitive damages in lawsuits stemming from smokers' illnesses or deaths.

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A $100 million settlement has been reached between three major tobacco companies and hundreds of people who sued them for smoking-related deaths and illnesses in Florida federal court.

The tentative agreement announced Wednesday involves R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Philip Morris USA Inc. and Lorillard Tobacco Co. The deal resolves about 400 cases pending before a federal judge in Jacksonville, but does not affect thousands of other lawsuits pending in Florida state courts.