Arkansas Woman's Family Sued Brown & Williamson Tobacco
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A jury deliberated all day yesterday in a lawsuit against a tobacco company over the illness and death of an Arkansas woman, a smoker for more than three decades.
Jurors are to resume their deliberations today.
A lawyer for Henry W. Boerner and his son posed a question for jurors in closing arguments Tuesday in the civil case against Brown & Williamson Tobacco Co., based in Louisville.
"When you're selling the most deadly products in the history of this country, that are powerfully addicting, shouldn't you be honest about it?" lawyer Gary Holt asked jurors.
The suit was filed in June 1998 by Boerner and his wife, Mary Jane Boerner, of North Little Rock. It was amended and refiled in 1999 by Henry Boerner after Mrs. Boerner died at age 69. She had quit smoking in 1981 after smoking cigarettes, including Pall Malls and Lucky Strikes, for 36 years.
Henry Boerner claims the tobacco company was negligent in warning about their product and liable in producing an unreasonably dangerous product.