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House panel snuffs bill to limit lawsuits against tobacco companies

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With little to no fanfare the House Civil Justice Subcommittee early Monday deferred action on a bill aimed at snuffing out the lawsuits of 4,500 smokers and their families who have sued cigarette manufacturers but still are awaiting trial. Committee Chair Kathleen Passidomo announced at the beginning of the meeting that the bill, HB 1067, would be temporarily deferred and that she would not bring it back up during Tuesday’s meeting. A bill that is temporarily deferred must be brought back up…

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