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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tobacco Firms Sued

MIAMI -- The Brazilian state of Goias filed a lawsuit against more than a dozen U.S. tobacco companies, seeking billions of dollars on behalf of sick smokers.

The suit, filed Monday in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court, alleges the tobacco companies concealed the dangers of smoking and the addictive nature of nicotine. It names 20 defendants, including Philip Morris Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

Steven. Marks, attorney for Goias, said he represents other Brazilian states, including Mato Grosso, but they have not yet filed suits.

Timothy Lindon, associate general counsel for Philip Morris, said he could not comment on the specifics of the Goias case because his company has not been served with the complaint.