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Lorillard liable under state consumer protection statute

A Massachusetts judge has found that the manufacturer of Newport cigarettes violated the state’s consumer protection law by breaching the implied warranty of merchantability and by breaching the voluntary duty it undertook to accurately report to the public its research and knowledge concerning the health risks of smoking cigarettes.

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Ten years after smoker’s suit, jury awards $12.8M to son

When Michael Piuze represented Richard Boeken in his lawsuit against Philip Morris for causing his lung cancer, the smoker asked Piuze to make sure he took care of his family and “do his best to screw up Philip Morris.” Piuze ended up winning a $3 billion verdict for Boeken in 2001. Last week, Piuze made good on his promise to his client, who died in 2002. After another jury trial against Philip Morris, Piuze won $12.8 million for Boeken’s son, Dylan, for the wrongful death of his father.

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