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Hearn v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

United States District Court for the District of Arizona
279 F. Supp. 2d 1096 (2003)


Winona Hearn began smoking cigarettes in 1950 when she was 16 years old. The Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act (Act), 15 U.S.C. § 1331 et seq., which required warning labels on cigarettes, was passed in 1969. Hearn did not stop smoking after the Act was passed, because she was already addicted to cigarettes. In 2000, Hearn was diagnosed with and died from lung cancer. Hearn’s husband and daughter (plaintiffs) brought a products-liability suit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and two other cigarette manufacturers (defendants). The defendants filed motions to dismiss, arguing that the dangers of cigarettes were common knowledge.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Silver, J.)

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