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Jan. 2016

Christopher Weld quoted in AP story on federal case seeking cancer screenings for smokers

Christopher Weld, Jr. was quoted in an Associated Press news article concerning a federal court lawsuit by smokers against Philip Morris USA seeking to compel the cigarette maker to pay for lung cancer screenings.

The trial, set to open in federal court in Boston on Jan. 26, 2016, will focus on whether Philip Morris manufactured a defective cigarette knowing it could have made a safer product with fewer carcinogens.

The smokers want Philip Morris to pay for sophisticated three-dimensional chest scans designed to detect signs of early-stage lung cancer. If the jury rules for the smokers, the second phase of the trial will focus on how to administer a medical monitoring program.

The judge overseeing the trial rejected a request to exclude evidence about insurance companies paying for three-dimensional chest scans, according to the AP story.

Mr. Weld, co-counsel for the smokers, commented: "The fact that insurance now covers it and it's recognized for certain groups as being efficacious may have some evidentiary value in the case, but it does not change the fact that Philip Morris could be liable for the cost of the scans."

Mr. Weld, a Founding Partner of the firm, has over 30 years of experience in business litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution.