Thousands of individual smokers who have filed lawsuits against Altria Group Inc. and other tobacco companies may not rely on factual findings used in a Florida class-action against cigarette makers, a federal judge has ruled.
The ruling by District Judge Harvey Schlesinger runs contrary to a Florida Supreme Court decision allowing factual evidence from the state?s massive ?Engle? class action to be used in individual suits.
The case is Brown v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., 07-CV-761, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida (Jacksonville).
"Class Action Lawsuits" A blog called Disgusted Beyond Belief has an interesting post refuting the criticisms often levied against class action cases generally and the class action bar in particular. An excerpt: Dealing with the [class action attorney's] fees [and] whether they are...