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Jury continues deliberations in Fla. smoker suit

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida jury is deliberating for a second day on how much in damages cigarette maker Philip Morris should pay to the widow of a longtime smoker.

Attorneys for Elaine Hess are asking for about $130 million for the lung cancer death of her husband, Stuart. The six-person Broward County jury returns Wednesday to continue deliberations that began Tuesday.

The outcome is key for about 8,000 similar Florida smoking lawsuits. The Hess case is the first to go to trial since the Supreme Court in 2006 threw out a huge $145 billion class-action jury award. The court said smokers had to prove their cases individually.

Philip Morris attorneys say Stuart Hess bears responsibility for his death because he chose not to quit.


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