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Philip Morris Not Liable

LOS ANGELES (AP) __ A Los Angeles jury has found that tobacco maker Philip Morris U-S-A is not liable for damages in the death of a man who smoked for 35 years.

The jury returned its verdict in the case of Fredric Reller of Marina del Rey. The longtime Marlboro smoker first sued the company in November 2001. He alleged that Philip Morris misled him by

failing, for years, to acknowledge that smoking is addictive and may cause cancer. A jury cleared Philip Morris last August of negligence and misrepresentation in the lawsuit, but deadlocked on one count claiming the company fraudulently concealed the dangers of smoking. Reller died shortly after that verdict. Friday´s verdict stemmed from a rehearing on the deadlocked

count. Reller´s attorney says he and Reller´s wife are “disappointed” at the verdict.