A judge says justice will be swift and efficient despite a bevy of tobacco-related lawsuits filed to meet a deadline.
More than 160 lawsuits have been filed in the Treasure Coast
seeking damages from the country's five largest cigarette
The class-action lawsuits met a January 11th deadline imposed by
the Florida Supreme Court last year.
Despite the deluge, Chief Judge William Roby of the 19th
Judicial Circuit promises ``swift and efficient justice.''
Statewide, the ten thousand or so cases filed was a much smaller
number than expected, significantly smaller than the 700-thousand
class members originally designated as entitled to damage awards.