An attorney defending Brown & Williamson Tobacco Company says it shouldn't have to pay the husband of a Kansas City-area woman who smoked for decades.
The case is on appeal after Barbara Smith's family filed a
wrongful death suit against the company. The Lee's Summit woman
died in 2000 from a heart attack. In 2005, a Jackson County jury
awarded her husband, Lincoln Smith, more than $20 million.
Brown & Williamson is now part of North Carolina-based Reynolds
American Inc. Brown & Williamson attorney Andrew McGaan says Smith was unsuccessful in a personal injury case against the company, which should block the wrongful death claim.
An attorney representing Lincoln Smith says the family dropped
the injury case but struck a deal with the company that the
dismissal wouldn't prevent a wrongful death case.
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