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Deliberations ongoing in Boston cigarette lawsuit

Deliberations ongoing in Boston cigarette lawsuit

By Associated Press  |   Monday, December 13, 2010  |  |  Local Coverage

BOSTON – Jurors in a lawsuit by the family of a Massachusetts woman who accused a tobacco company of enticing black children to smoke are scheduled to resume deliberations after saying they were deadlocked.

A Suffolk Superior Court judge asked the jury Friday to keep deliberating after the said they were deadlocked.

Deliberations resume Monday.

In the case, the son of a Boston woman who died of lung cancer is suing the maker of Newport cigarettes.

Marie Evans’ son says Lorillard Tobacco Co. lured her to start smoking at age 13 by giving away cigarette samples at her Boston housing project.

Lawyers for North Carolina-based Lorillard say there is no evidence to support that claim, and that it was Evans’ choice to start and continue smoking.

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