Court Orders Retrial on $20 Million Tobacco Verdict

1 decade 2 years 11 months ago Wednesday, August 01 2007 Aug 1, 2007 Wednesday, August 01, 2007 8:13:42 AM CDT August 01, 2007 in News
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KANSAS CITY (AP) - A state appeals court has set aside a $20 million verdict against a tobacco company and ordered the case retried. But in a groundbreaking decision, the three-judge panel in Kansas City found evidence of wrongdoing by the Brown and Williamson tobacco company. The judges said the company had policies to hide negative data about the effects of cigarette smoking. A lengthy opinion said the tobacco giant created controversy about the health risks of smoking and "planned to dispute every surgeon general's report, regardless of what it was based upon." Whether the new trial will take place remains uncertain. One of the three judges on the panel dissented from the opinion and sent the case to the Missouri Supreme Court, which could reach a different ruling than the appeals court.

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