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TOBACCO FIRM WON'T APPEAL RULING

Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. will not appeal a New Jersey Supreme Court decision that health warnings on cigarette packs do not protect tobacco companies from liability suits, the firm announced.

In a statement, Louisville, Ky.-based Brown & Williamson said it is confident it would win if any liability cases are presented and would not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the New Jersey decision.

The New Jersey ruling flew in the face of a series of federal decisions that gave tobacco companies immunity from smoker-death lawsuits after 1966, when Congress ordered the labels placed on cigarette packs.

The ruling stemmed from a lawsuit filed by Claire Dewey of Wyckoff in 1982. Her husband, Wilfred Dewey, had died a year before on his 50th birthday from lung cancer after smoking for more than 40 years.

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