Deliberations continue in suit against NC cigarette maker

BOSTON (AP)- – Jurors in a lawsuit by the family of a Massachusetts woman who accused a North Carolina-based tobacco company of enticing black children to smoke have resumed deliberations. The jury said Friday it was deadlocked, but a Suffolk Superior Court judge asked jurors to keep deliberating and they resumed 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 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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