Tobacco Companies Remove State Court Action To Florida Federal Court

(February 12, 2016, 10:09 AM EST) -- FORT PIERCE, Fla. — A wrongful death lawsuit filed in June against Philip Morris USA Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in the Circuit Court of the 10th Judicial District in Highlands County, Fla., should proceed in Florida federal court on the basis of diversity jurisdiction and the amount of damages sought, the cigarette manufacturers assert in a Jan. 27 notice of removal (Zella Darleen Teague v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, et al., No. 16-14027, S.D. Fla.).

(Notice of removal available. Document #04-160217-004C.)

Zella Darleen Teague states...
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