The first tobacco trial of what is termed the “Engle” plaintiffs has resulted in a total verdict for Mrs. Hess and her son in th eamount of $8 million.
Big Tobacco’s lawyers, once again, attempted to shift all the blame away from themselves and against Mr. Hess. The jury apparently saw it otherwise.
The jury deliberated approximately 2 1/2 hours. Mrs. Hess reportedly wept, undoubtedly happy to have had this grueling fight reach a close.
Unfortunately, if Big Tobacco takes its normal approach, they will search for every grain upon which to base an appeal. It is unlikely that Big Tobacco will ever own up to its mid-twentieth century manipulation of smokers.