Thursday, March 31, 2005

Certified Question From 9th Circuit

Bob Egelko of the SF Chronicle has this article on the 9th Circuit's recent request for the CA S. Ct. to clarify whether CA law would allow a lawsuit by a smoker diagnosed with tobacco-related illness years after becoming addicted. Such lawsuits are barred in federal court, where a 2002 ruling held that smokers must sue within 1 year of becoming addicted. CA appellate courts have rejected that ruling, but the CA Supreme Court has not yet addressed the issue.

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