The United States Supreme Court has shown favor to the many victims of the tobacco industry after they ruled against the industries plea for appeal to a recent Florida court ruling. With the U.S. Supreme Courts new decision, the tobacco industry has been turned down, hopefully paving the way for many victims of the industry who have incurred illnesses to receive the compensation they deserve.
Thousands of Claims in Florida
At this time, there are 4,500 lawsuits pending in the state of Florida alone for people who have become ill as a result of their smoking in the years past. Thus far, over $500 million dollars have been awarded to victims against the tobacco companies by the state court and there is hope that many more dollars will be given away to help the people with their suffering. Just this past March, $2.5 million was awarded the family of a man who died from lung problems after smoking, and there were a number of cases similar to this.
The Tobacco Company Attempts to Prove Their Rights Were Denied
The tobacco industry sought to plead before the Supreme Court stating that their rights to due process were being denied, though this argument was not enough to sway the Justices of the court. Despite their attempts, the court ruled that the tobacco industry has only two choices left. Either they can choose to stop the battle and offer reasonable settlements to the many victims suffering from tobacco-related illnesses or they can choose to deal with court battles for the next 100 years, losing every one.
Taking a Stand Against the Tobacco Industry
If you are one of the many victims who are ill because of the wrongful actions of the tobacco industry, you have the right to take legal action. Do not hesitate to contact a trusted Houston personal injury attorney at Arnold & Itkin LLP. Please call us today for more information or fill out a free case evaluation on our website.