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Jury Denies Smoker Damages

A Sacramento Superior Court jury has ruled that two tobacco companies aren´t responsible for a long-time smoker´s illness.

Laurence Lucier says his 30-year, pack-a-day habit left him with terminal cancer. He sued Philip Morris and R-J Reynolds Tobacco under a products liability law, alleging the tobacco companies engineered and sold a product they knew was addictive and harmful. Lucier wanted more than $3.5 million for medical expenses, loss of income and the pain and suffering that Lucier´s illness had caused his wife and daughter.

The three-month trial follows a trial in Los Angeles Superior Court in which a long-time smoker was awarded $28 billion.