Here are some of the Court's precedent-setting findings:

The Florida Supreme Court has issued a mandate in the Engle v. Liggett Class Action, requiring Engle Class members to take action and file individual lawsuits by January 11, 2008.


Smoking cigarettes causes life-threatening diseases that include aortic aneurysms, bladder cancer, cerebrovascular disease, cervical cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary heart disease, esophageal cancer, kidney cancer, laryngeal cancer, lung cancer, complications of pregnancy, oral cavity/tongue cancer, pancreatic cancer, peripheral vascular disease, pharyngeal cancer, and stomach cancer.

The nicotine in cigarettes is addictive.

Big Tobacco placed on the market cigarettes that were defective and unreasonably dangerous.

The tobacco industry purposely omitted or concealed information about the adverse health effects and addictive nature of smoking cigarettes.

Big Tobacco intentionally misrepresented information about the health effects of cigarettes and their addictive nature.

All of the defendant tobacco companies named in this lawsuit were negligent.

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Dear Potential Client:

Alvarez Garcia has been asked by our colleagues to refer folks who have been injured by years of cigarette smoking and who may now have a claim under the law.

The Florida Supreme Court recently decided a case involving claims by a class of Floridians against the tobacco industry at large. The decision recognized that the industry has defrauded the public for decades regarding its defective products. The supreme court specifically determined that smokers and their family members are entitled to bring individual claims for the damages, illness and, in many instances, death caused by smoking.

However, there are exact standards for a person or family member to qualify. If you or a family member became ill between 1990 and 1996 due to smoking, a claim may be possible. Such illnesses include a variety of cancers, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, general heart disease and vascular disease. A diagnosis of these illnesses between 1990 and 1996 is not necessary as long as it can be shown that the symptoms related to the illnesses arose during this period. Finally, you or the family member must have lived in Florida, even if briefly, between 1990 and 1996.

Please let me know promptly if you or a loved one might qualify. The Florida Supreme Court has set a deadline of January 11, 2008, in which to file the claim formally. The remaining time should be used to become better informed and to prepare. For this reason, I strongly recommend that you or your family member answer the survey at on the internet. The answers will confirm the candidacy of you or your family member and result in a direct response from our colleagues at Abrahamson, Uiterwyk & Barnes.


Anthony Garcia, Esq.
For the Firm