Settlement reached in secondhand smoke trial
October 10, 1997
Web posted at: 10:14 a.m. EDT (1414 GMT)
MIAMI (CNN) -- A settlement was reached Friday between the
tobacco industry and flight attendants, who filed a lawsuit
claiming secondhand smoke sickened them.
The settlement was said to be worth hundreds of millions of
dollars, but the exact amount was not immediately disclosed.
Attorneys for both sides met Friday with Dade County Circuit
Court Judge Robert Kaye to discuss the settlement.
In the class-action suit, 60,000 nonsmoking flight attendants
sued the tobacco industry for $5 billion. They maintained
they were suffering from cancer and smoking-related illnesses
from years of flying aboard jetliners before smoking was
banned on domestic flights in 1990.
It was the first class-action lawsuit against the tobacco
industry to reach court.
The lead plaintiff in the case is Norma Broin, a Mormon who
was diagnosed in 1989 with an aggressive form of lung cancer.
She said she "never took one puff on a cigarette."