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American Tobacco Co. v. Grinnell

Texas Supreme Court
951 S.W.2d 420 (Tex. 1997)


Facts

Wiley Grinnell smoked cigarettes manufactured by American Tobacco Co. (American) (defendant) from 1952 until he was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1985. Grinnell brought suit, but died soon after. His family continued his claim. The family (plaintiffs) claimed that American failed to warn of, and actively hid the dangers of smoking that they knew or should have known, including its addictiveness. The trial court awarded summary judgment to American. The court of appeals reversed. American appealed.

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