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Two more lawsuits against
tobacco companies have been filed in Los Angeles on the heels
of last week's record $28 billion damages award to a
64-year-old lung cancer sufferer who blamed Philip Morris for
failing to warn her against the risks of smoking.
News of the two new suits -- one a wrongful death complaint
-- came as brokerage Merrill Lynch on Tuesday cut its rating on
two cigarette makers to "neutral" from "buy" because of
litigation trends in California. . .
The wrongful death suit was brought by Cynthia Green and
her four children on behalf of her late husband Mack Green who
died of lung cancer in May 2000. . .
The second Los Angeles suit was filed by former Los Angeles
factory worker Anna Bonner who began smoking at age 16. Bonner,
who is now 61, said she smoked about two packets a day, mostly
Marlboro, and now has lung and brain cancer. Bonner is
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