Lawyers in cigarette lawsuit seek up to $30M in compensation

     LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) The lawyers who secured a $45 million settlement for smokers of Marlboro Lights in Arkansas have asked a judge to decide how much they should be paid.

     The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the lawyers didn’t ask for a specific amount in their payment petition last month. But they say there is court precedent in Arkansas that would allow them between $12.4 million and $30 million, based on the value a judge places on their representation.

     The lawyers say they worked more than 15,000 hours, valued at $10.2 million, and spent $2.2 million of their own money to pursue the litigation over 13 years.

     The attorneys say the class-action lawsuit won compensation for smokers who may have turned to the Lights brand in hopes of getting a healthier product.


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