Sunday November 25, 2012

BOSTON (AP) -- The highest court in Massachusetts will hear an appeal next month from a tobacco company challenging a $116 million damages award to the son and estate of a Boston woman who died of lung cancer.

Marie Evans' son sued Lorillard Tobacco Co., alleging that she became hooked on smoking as a child when the company handed out free cigarette samples at her Boston housing project.

Lorillard says it was denied a fair trial, in part because the judge allowed "irrelevant and highly inflammatory" evidence about Evan's claim that the company marketed its cigarettes to African-Americans and children.

The Supreme Judicial Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments Dec. 3.


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