St. Louis tobacco trial finishing up

Thursday, April 14, 2011 | 7:38 a.m. CDT; updated 9:21 a.m. CDT, Thursday, April 14, 2011

ST. LOUIS — After about three months of trial in St. Louis, a case in which more than two dozen health care providers sued big tobacco companies is wrapping up.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 29 plaintiffs representing 37 health institutions, mostly local and regional operations in Missouri, are seeking more than $455 million from six tobacco companies for losses treating smokers.

Closing arguments are expected to conclude Thursday, and deliberations will begin on Monday.

The hospitals claim cigarette companies delivered an "unreasonably dangerous" product and seek reimbursement back to 1993 for treating patients who had no insurance and did not pay their bills.

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