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Florida high court to review $145 billion tobacco ruling

[JURIST] Florida's Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in its review of a lower court ruling throwing out a $145 billion jury verdict against the tobacco industry. The state Supreme Court will also consider a ruling allowing Florida smokers to sue as one. The court has not said why it is reviewing the rulings from the 3rd District Court of Appeal, but three issues have received attention: whether smokers could join together as a class, the appeals court's elimination of punitive damages based on Florida's settlement of its Medicaid reimbursement claims, and the trial court's allowing the punitive damage award for all smokers when compensatory claims of only three cancer patients were allowed. The Florida Supreme Court has briefs and other case documents. AP has more.

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