Bad jury indictment sparks new trial in cigarette death suit

By Brian Dowling (April 11, 2022, 12:31 p.m. EDT) – A Massachusetts jury could have held tobacco behemoths RJ Reynolds and Philip Morris responsible for poorly designed cigarettes that led to the death of a state man. Bay if it weren’t for a faulty legal instruction, a state appeals court ruled Friday.

Massachusetts Court of Appeals panel says Superior Court Judge Heidi E. Brieger erred in telling jury Jonathan Main had to prove RJ Reynolds and Philip Morris knew of safer alternative designs for cigarettes when his father, Richard Main, became addicted. .

Instead, as the Supreme Court of Justice explained in Evans v. Lorillard Tobacco Co. in 2013,…

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