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$41 million Tobacco Lawsuit Verdict

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A jury has awarded Dorothy Alexander $41 million in damages in her lawsuit against Lorillard Tobacco Co regarding the death of her husband from lung cancer caused by smoking cigarettes.

According to attorneys at the trial, Coleman Alexander started smoking in 1950. Eight years later, at age 22, Coleman switched to Kent cigarettes, a filtered cigarette promoted to be safer then the unfiltered brand he usually smoked. Alex Alvarez, of the Alvarez Law Firm, said about Lorillard, “They sold the illusion if you smoke filtered cigarettes it will make it safer…[Coleman] believed the big corporations wouldn’t sell a product they knew was dangerous. He believed the hype.”

The plaintiffs argued that though Coleman knew smoking was bad for him, he was addicted, to that point that even after being diagnosed with lung cancer he continued to beg and cry to for family member to give him cigarettes.

Alexander was represented by Jordan Chaikin of Parker Waichman LLP, Gary M. Page of the Paige Law Firm, and Alex Alvarez. Her attorneys asked the jury to award Dorothy $12.6 in damages, and $25 million in punitive damages. The jury awarded Dorothy $20 million in damages, reduced to $16 million based on their finding that Coleman was 20 percent for his death and the requested $25 million in punitive damages. disclaimer: This article: $41 million Tobacco Lawsuit Verdict was posted on Monday, March 19th, 2012 at 8:42 pm at and is filed under Toxic Substances Lawsuits.

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