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Judgment in Mass. tobacco suit could double


BOSTON (AP) -- A Massachusetts judge has ruled that a Boston man who won a $152 million judgment against a tobacco company for causing the death of his mother can collect the money with interest retroactive to 2004, a decision that could double the amount.

Willie Evans, whose mother, Marie, died of lung cancer in 2002 at age 54, sued in 2004 claiming she started smoking at age 13 after Lorillard Tobacco Co. gave away free cigarettes at the Boston housing project where she lived.

A Superior Court judge also ruled Thursday that Greensboro, NC-based Lorillard violated state consumer protection laws by targeting children.

A lawyer for Evans tells The Boston Globe the decision has nationwide implications.

Lawyers for Lorillard said they did not target children. The company had no comment on Thursday's decision.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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