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Mass. jury rules against Lorillard, awards $71M to dead smoker's family
boston.com ^ | Dec. 14, 2010

Posted on 12/14/2010 2:52:48 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY

A Massachusetts jury today ordered cigarette manufacturer Lorillard Inc. to pay $71 million in damages to a dead smoker's family for allegedly seducing the Boston woman decades ago into smoking Newport cigarettes.

The Suffolk Superior Court jury awarded compensatory damages of $50 million to the estate of Marie Evans and $21 million to her son, William Evans. A hearing on punitive damages in the lawsuit has been scheduled for Thursday. The total amount of damages awarded could rise significantly at that hearing.

The case was the first to claim that Lorillard had decided to target minority communities with samples of Newports, a menthol brand more popular among black communities.

Gregg Perry, a Lorillard spokesman, said the company denied the allegations. He said the company would appeal and was "confident it will prevail."

The jury found that the cigarette company was negligent in passing out samples of cigarettes to Evans and other black children when they were growing up in the Orchard Hill housing development in Boston's Roxbury section -- and in denying for years the health risks associated with cigarettes.

Evans was 54 when she died of lung cancer in 2002 after smoking Newports for more than 40 years. Weeks before she died, she gave a videotaped deposition that was played for jurors in which she said she received the samples when she was as young as 9 years old, and she would trade them for candy. By the time she was 13, she said, she started smoking them.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: assumeresponsibility; bigtobacco; courtsgonewild; extortion; hitlersamerica; nannystate; smokenazis

1 posted on 12/14/2010 2:52:52 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Isn’t America great? You make bad choices and can force others to pay for it. What a country!


2 posted on 12/14/2010 2:58:37 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (If Bam is the answer, the question was stupid.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Gee, and after all that extortion money the tobacco companies paid to the states.


3 posted on 12/14/2010 3:00:14 PM PST by decimon
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Why not go for broke? Sue all the classmates who encouraged her to smoke with them because they were “cool”. What about the papermill manufacturer who sold the cartridge tubes? They knew they were making them for cigs. Let’s just sue everyone for our tough breaks in life....


4 posted on 12/14/2010 3:02:22 PM PST by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Oh those evil white men.


5 posted on 12/14/2010 3:05:17 PM PST by PanzerKardinal (Some things are so idiotic only an intellectual would believe it.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Another reason why there are more lawyers in America than engineers .


6 posted on 12/14/2010 3:07:40 PM PST by sushiman
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To: PanzerKardinal

I have NEVER heard of “cigarette men” driving aroound handing out packs of menthols to kids. Not even in the 60’s. Unless the guy was the neighborhood pervert.


7 posted on 12/14/2010 3:12:32 PM PST by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Compensatory damages are supposed to reflect actual costs. This woman must have been worth a fortune.


8 posted on 12/14/2010 3:14:21 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT
Compensatory damages are supposed to reflect actual costs. This woman must have been worth a fortune.

I'm guessing with cause she was a worthless soul.

9 posted on 12/14/2010 3:24:01 PM PST by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This will have the effect of driving business offshore to places where lawyers are useless. Imagine a country whose only profitable business is stealing money from productive industry.


10 posted on 12/14/2010 3:26:29 PM PST by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: PanzerKardinal

The Native Americans taught whitey about tobacco.


11 posted on 12/14/2010 3:30:40 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This kind of obscene crap must be stopped. Sniveling, whimpering scum with no responsibility, and their lawyers.


12 posted on 12/14/2010 3:41:34 PM PST by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Boston jurors yelled “Death to personal morality and responsibility” as they did this. Idiots....enemies of our country too!


13 posted on 12/14/2010 4:11:53 PM PST by ICE-FLYER (God bless and keep the United States of America)
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts
This will have the effect of driving business offshore to places where lawyers are useless.

Ah yes. Maybe we should send all those greedy lawyers offshore. In the meantime, let's give the people that gave away the money, probably raving moonbat smoking Nazis, a total pass.

After all, it was the lawyers that gave the secret signal to THE JURY to give away 71 million $ - Right?

14 posted on 12/14/2010 4:17:51 PM PST by frithguild (The Democrat Party Brand - Big Government protecting Entrenched Interests from Competition)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Personal responsibility is dead. People keep smoking BECAUSE THEY WANT TO SMOKE, not because they can’t stop. There are more ex-smokers than smokers.


15 posted on 12/14/2010 4:56:36 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: DJ MacWoW

This is but another example of the utter immorality of the American people. She knew smoking was bad but made that choice. The immorality is in the jury for confiscating that money from the tobacco company. Even if the tobacco company were guilty it should not have to pay $71 million. This is out and out theft by jury.


16 posted on 12/14/2010 4:56:55 PM PST by rcofdayton
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Shouldn’t families of druggies be able to sue the drug dealers under this concept? Surely those addicts would have amounted to something in life except for the dealers.....


17 posted on 12/14/2010 5:02:35 PM PST by Thank You Rush
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To: DJ MacWoW

They’ve come a long way from the back of the bus...


18 posted on 12/14/2010 5:06:51 PM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: rcofdayton

The company shouldn’t be on the hook for anything. They made a product and she chose to use it.


19 posted on 12/14/2010 5:16:05 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (If Bam is the answer, the question was stupid.)
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To: frithguild
Ah yes. Maybe we should send all those greedy lawyers offshore. In the meantime, let's give the people that gave away the money, probably raving moonbat smoking Nazis, a total pass.

After all, it was the lawyers that gave the secret signal to THE JURY to give away 71 million $ - Right?

John Edwards? Is that you again, channeling.

20 posted on 12/14/2010 5:38:13 PM PST by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: boop

My father told me every once in a while he would get some free cigs when he went to the grocery store...and he would only see them in the black part of town though he didn’t mention anything about kids.

I’m not blaming the cigarette companies and that woman made her choice long ago but lets be honest, some standards didn’t apply back them especially in black neighborhoods. Growing up I got an earful of horror stories from my father and grandfather on the crap both the city and private companies pulled and got away with back then.


21 posted on 12/14/2010 6:21:56 PM PST by Raymann
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To: Raymann

I remember in high school the stores that would sell cigs to underage teens. “Sold” being the operative word. It wasn’t the tobacco industry, it was a local merchant. In addition, EVERYBODY “knew” the stores that would sell underage teens beer and wine. In my experience,we would go predomintly to the “black” part of town. No questions asked. And, NO, they didn’t “give” us cigarettes and beer.


22 posted on 12/14/2010 7:21:08 PM PST by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts

touche


23 posted on 12/15/2010 5:45:23 AM PST by frithguild (The Democrat Party Brand - Big Government protecting Entrenched Interests from Competition)
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To: Thank You Rush
sue the drug dealers

You could, but they don't have insurance coverage or attachable assets.

24 posted on 12/15/2010 5:47:37 AM PST by frithguild (The Democrat Party Brand - Big Government protecting Entrenched Interests from Competition)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What about the Rat politicians that gave cigarettes to minority voters as incentive to get out and vote?


25 posted on 12/15/2010 5:52:31 AM PST by Fresh Wind
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To: Fresh Wind

And what about the US military that included cigarettes in K-ration packages?


26 posted on 12/15/2010 5:56:45 AM PST by Fresh Wind
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