Philip Morris Must Face Liability Claims by Smoker’s Estate

Feb. 12, 2019, 8:21 PM

Philip Morris Inc. must face a product liability claim by a Connecticut woman representing her deceased husband’s estate, the Second Circuit ruled Feb. 12.

Hazel B. Pappas, the administratrix and sole beneficiary of the estate, alleges more than five decades of smoking Marlboro cigarettes caused her husband’s fatal respiratory and heart conditions. She sought to pursue a claim under the Connecticut Product Liability Act, as a pro se litigant.

A federal district court dismissed her claim, saying Connecticut law doesn’t allow individuals to appear pro se when they sue in a representative capacity.

But that’s a procedural issue controlled by ...

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