Jury Awards Alachua County Widow $17.5 Million In First Tobacco Case
A decision has been made in Alachua County's first ever tobacco case.
The jury awarded Amanda Jean Hall $17.5 million in compensation for the smoking related death of her husband, Arthur Hall. Arthur Hall died in 1995.
The case is among about 8,000 filed in Florida by smokers or their families against tobacco companies. The individual cases were brought after the state Supreme Court in 2006 threw out a $145 billion class-action award for all Florida smokers.
Hall's attorney is Rod Smith, a former state senator who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2006.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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