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Tobacco Litigation

The HeplerBroom LLC Law Firm has been deeply involved in tobacco litigation for well over a decade in some of the most treacherous venues for defendants in the United States. The firm was trial counsel for The Tobacco Institute in a nationally followed conspiracy and product liability trial in St. Clair County, Illinois, and it has defended The Tobacco Institute in numerous healthcare recovery lawsuits in various venues.

The firm serves as trial counsel for Phillip Morris USA Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company as it currently handles both class action and individual cases for both companies. Larry Hepler and the entire tobacco team are an integral part of the Price v. Philip Morris USA Inc. case, which is the first lights cigarettes class action to be tried in the nation. As trial counsel for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, the trial team actively prepared for trial of the companion lights class action originally set in October, 2003 and Mr. Hepler argued the motion for stay of the trial in the appellate process which was ultimately granted by the Illinois Supreme Court. Our team provides invaluable advice based on its greater than 30 years of experience litigating in Illinois and Missouri state and federal courts. The team actively participates in every aspect of these cases from initial planning and strategy, through discovery and trial, to the end of the appellate process.

The firm uses state-of-the-art technology and communication resources to keep national trial counsel (and in-house counsel) apprised of developments in their cases. It also uses advanced technology for document management and case organization to minimize paper files and meet the goal of providing excellent legal services in a cost-efficient manner.