Assignment Of Entire Fault To Deceased Smoker Was Not Error, Federal Judge Says

Assignment Of Entire Fault To Deceased Smoker Was Not Error, Federal Judge Says

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A jury's assignment of 100 percent of fault to a deceased smoker despite finding that she had been addicted to cigarettes and that her addiction was a legal cause of her death was not inconsistent given how the case was presented, a Florida federal judge said Nov. 22 in refusing to order a new trial (Robert Denton, as personal representative of the Estate of Linda Denton v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Philip Morris USA, Inc., No. 3:09-cv-10036-WGY-JBT, M.D. Fla., Jacksonville Div.; 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 166383).

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