Class Action Suit for Smokers from 1994 Returns

In 1994, Miami pediatrician Howard Engle filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of 700,000 Florida smokers. Engle, who suffered from smoking-related respiratory disease and lymphoma, alleged the tobacco industry knowingly addicted smokers and failed to adequately warn them of the dangers of continuing to smoke.

This class action suit on behalf of smokers became the first to make it to court and yielded the largest punitive damages in history -- $145 billion.

Chelsea Hennessy

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