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A victory for tobacco

A federal judge in Florida has held that the jury findings, after a year-long state court trial against tobacco manufacturers, have no preclusive effect in federal court.

The jury awarded a ridiculous $145 billion in punitive damages. The only downside to the opinion that I can see is that the plaintiffs won’t be forced to reimburse the tobacco companies’ attorney fees.

Disclosure of conflict of interest: I intend to smoke at least two packs of cigarettes today, and every day for the rest of my life.

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