Hess v. RJ Reynolds

MISTRIAL

Trial
12/03/08 – 12/04/08

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Summary

Stuart Hess's widow Elaine Hess sued cigarette maker Philip Morris, claiming that her husband could not stop smoking because he was addicted to nicotine. Mr. Hess died of lung cancer at age 55, in 1997.

Hess v. RJR Reynolds was the first of the "Engle progeny" tobacco liability suits to go to trial. The jury awarded $8M to the smoker's widow and her son.

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