SJC to weigh wrongful death restrictions in cigarette suits

A question of 'irrationality' and 'unfairness' rises to the state’s high court

IT’S THE nightmare scenario. After years of long-term cigarette addiction, a loved one is diagnosed with cancer. Years of chemotherapy, surgeries, attempts at quitting and relapses, and bone-deep exhaustion follow. Meanwhile, the statute of limitations to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the tobacco company ticks down, then passes. Eventually, the patient does, too. The patient’s(...)

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