D.C. Man Sues Tobacco Firms
A D.C. man with lung cancer has filed a $300 million lawsuit against three tobacco companies and the neighborhood market that sold him cigarettes, according to D.C. Superior Court records.
Morris Carter, of the 1800 block of D Street NE, is suing the R.J. Reynolds, Brown & Williamson and Philip Morris tobacco companies for producing the Pall Malls, Fosters, Chesterfields, Camels and Lucky Strike cigarettes that he has smoked since he was 13 years old. Carter, 65, learned he had lung cancer and acute bronchial asthma in 1997.
He is at least the 14th District resident to sue the companies. The District is one of several cities or states to have received settlements from the companies for health problems caused by smoking.
Carter's suit, filed Aug. 14, charges fraud, misrepresentation and deceptive trade practices. The companies sold cigarettes "knowing, but denying and concealing, that their tobacco products contained a highly addictive drug known as nicotine, and this caused illness," the suit contends.