Class Action Tobacco Lawsuits

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What Is a Class Action Lawsuit?

If you suffer from injuries that you believe have resulted from smoking, there are a few options open to you. One of these is to join in a class action lawsuit.

Class action lawsuits are legal claims which are brought by a small group of people on behalf of a larger class of injured people. For example, in one recent case three plaintiffs, who suffered from smoking-related injuries, sued several tobacco companies on behalf of over 500,000 people in Florida, who suffered similar smoking-related illnesses

Are Class Action Tobacco Lawsuits Hard to Win?

Considering the history of tobacco lawsuits, tobacco companies have generally been quite successful in defending themselves against class action lawsuits. It is extremely difficult to prove smoking injuries in a class action lawsuit.

Though smoking has been closely linked to many cancers and other illnesses, many internal and external factors can affect the plaintiffs’ health. Because of this, tobacco companies have argued that plaintiffs cannot prove that their illnesses were actually caused by smoking. Tobacco companies have also argued that tobacco is not harmful and that, by smoking, plaintiffs assumed the risk of injury.

However, class action tobacco lawsuits have been more successful in recent years. Plaintiffs have been able to show that tobacco companies knew cigarettes were addictive and harmful, but nonetheless made them more addictive. The strength of a class action lawsuit varies on a case-by-case basis.

Should I Contact a Lawyer?

If you do suffer from a smoking-related illness, your first step should be to consult with an experienced tobacco litigation lawyer or a personal injury lawyer. An experienced attorney can offer you advice as to whether you should join a class action, file an individual lawsuit, or pursue another course of action.

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Last Modified: 05-27-2014 12:55 PM PDT

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