Business Law: Tobacco's Bout with Cancer

Edwin Green was a Florida construction executive who smoked one or two packs of Lucky Strikes daily for most of his adult life and died in 1958, at the age of 49, of lung cancer. His widow and son sued for $1,500,000 damages from the American Tobacco Co., maker of Luckies. Last week, after the claim had been struck down by a district court and a federal appeals court, the Florida Supreme Court handed down an "advisory opinion" that both the manufacturer and the distributor of cigarettes can indeed be held liable for...

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