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Chewing tobacco maker agrees to $5 million settlement

from The Associated Press via Google News

The maker of Skoal and Copenhagen smokeless tobacco has agreed to pay $5 million to the family of a man who died of mouth cancer in what is believed to be the first wrongful-death settlement won from a chewing tobacco company. A legal expert said the case could open the door for more lawsuits against makers of chewing tobacco, an industry that drew fewer legal battles during the 1990s than cigarette manufacturers. U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. will pay the award to the family of Bobby Hill of Canton, N.C., who began chewing tobacco at 13. He died in 2003 at 42. Attorney Antonio Ponvert III, who represented Hill's relatives, told The Associated Press about the agreement. Regulatory documents confirmed the deal. more


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