Skip to comments.Court OKs ex-smokers' suits against tobacco firms
Posted on 05/06/2011 7:12:46 PM PDT by Drango
The state Supreme Court breathed new life Thursday into lawsuits by seriously ill ex-smokers, ruling that a former cigarette addict can seek damages from tobacco companies for her cancer despite having failed to sue for earlier smoking-related illnesses...
The California Supreme Court removed one obstacle to tobacco suits by ruling in 2007 that the two-year deadline started running when former smokers learned that they were ill, and not merely that they were addicted...
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I’ve smoked for years, knowing the risks.
This is ridiculous. I guess I can ‘hit the lottery’ at will by filing a lawsuit.
.....Calling John Edwards
As a 40 year ex-smoker, I believe I took my chances by willingly putting smoke in my lungs. Anyone that smokes takes the chance of illness of some sort.
No matter what warning is put on the pkg., the smoker is the one that knows what smoke in their lungs could do without any warnings.
No one should be able to sue because they’re stupid enough to smoke.
Next we’ll have law suits because people eat too much fat and that causes...whatever.
People have to take responsibility for their own doings.
If I can quit anyone can. I did and I was a pack-a-day and more smoker.
If these ex-smokers win, I should sue them. They chose to smoke despite the known risks; I did not choose to inhale their second-hand crap.
According to the story, the woman quit in 1987. How is that possible? She was addicted, therefore there are not more ex-smokers than current smokers, right? And she was 22 when she started. Must have been Joe Camel getting her hooked in 1953.
Joe Camel was a rakish fellow and all around bad boy.
Pssst...Joe Camel isn’t real. And his diabolical ads appeared in magazines for ADULTS. Not Highlights or Ranger Rick.
It’s the indians fault.
How many times did she buy something with a label like this? I'm disgusted, as usual, by the lawyers who would file this case and by the legislators who have perpetuated a fundamentally flawed tort system that permits such frivolous lawsuits. She killed herself, and now she wants to get rich off an enabler who helped a little? No, thank you.
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