R.J. Reynolds must disclose lists of settlements related to asbestos-containing filters

3 Oct 2018 by under Legal

smoking 100x100 R.J. Reynolds must disclose lists of settlements related to asbestos containing filtersR.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. must reveal lists of smokers and employees who sued Lorillard Inc., over claims involving its asbestos-containing filters. Reynolds purchased Lorillard in July 2015.

The information is being requested as part of a trial in a Philadelphia Superior Court involving the widow of a Samuel Steiner, who smoked Kent cigarettes from 1952 to 1956. The cigarettes had a micronite filter that contained during that time period. The lawsuit alleges the in the filters caused Steiner to develop in 2014.

Mesothelioma is a rare but deadly form of cancer that typically develops in the lining of the lungs or abdomen. It is caused by asbestos exposure and can take up to 10 to 50 years to develop. This type of asbestos cancer typically kills its victims within a year or two.

Steiner’s widow filed the lawsuit in March 2016 alleging that Lorillard and another defendant, Hollingsworth & Vose, failed to warn consumers of the potential risks associated with asbestos in their filters. In January, the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas ordered Reynolds to disclose the two lists – one involving smokers’ mesothelioma claims and the other involving mesothelioma claims brought by employees who worked in the manufacturing of the cigarette filters. Lorillard had created the lists in 2011 as part of a separate case.

Reynolds fought the ruling, arguing that releasing the lists would be a violation of rights for the former Lorillard workers. In April, the company was granted a stay, which was later vacated by the appellate court.

Source: Journal Now

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