ST. LOUIS— A billion-dollar tobacco-related trial is scheduled to open in St. Louis in January, and court officials have begun the process of finding jurors. It isn't easy — the trial could take six to seven months.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that court officials sent surveys to 6,000 residents over the past month as part of the process to weed out potential jurors. In November, those still in the jury pool will complete another questionnaire, this one aimed at discovering biases.
In the case — the city of St. Louis v. American Tobacco — hospitals want cigarette makers to reimburse them for caring for smokers who were uninsured or did not pay their bills.
Tobacco companies say hospital's can't collect because they were not the ones damaged by cigarettes.