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Suing "Big Tobacco"

How would one go about suing a tobacco company for being addicted to tobacco?

Tobacco litigation has been running for a long time and no individual in the United States or Ireland has been fully successful in claiming compensation. 

The only complete success was secured by a class action brought by a number of States against the tobacco companies for contribution towards their health care costs for treating tobacco related diseases in their citizens. 

About two years ago the class action was settled with the tobacco companies agreeing to pay approximately $240Billion and legal costs.

Ireland was invited to join this class action but for some reason declined to do so.

This listener can find a solicitor willing to take on tobacco related cases by checking the hardcopy of the "Golden Pages" or www.goldenpages.ie - or asking the Law Society for a list of solicitors involved in tobacco law suits.

There are a number of US Class actions still being litigated. To join a class, the listener can look at the website of the US Law Firm of Lieff Carbaser Heimann Bernstein at www.lchb.com. Partner in the firm Elizabeth J. Cabraser  has a number of articles written on the subject.

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