Tobacco and Smoking Claims in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky


Tobacco manufacturers across the United States have faced a constant barrage of legal claims for decades. These claims are distinct from other types of lawsuits, and defending against them requires a broad and forward-looking strategy. Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe has been involved in tobacco industry defense for more than 30 years. Our clients include tobacco companies and their insurers throughout West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. Our substantial experience in this area of law allows our attorneys to effectively vet claims and recommend the most cost-effective course of action for our clients.


Like other types of products liability actions, tobacco claims generally allege either that defects in formulation or material made the product dangerous or that the manufacturer failed to adequately warn consumers of the dangers of using the product. Plaintiffs in tobacco industry claims are most often smokers, former smokers or family members bringing claims on behalf of deceased smokers. However, spouses, children and others close to smokers have entered claims for themselves alleging injury or illness from exposure to second-hand smoke. Some workers in high-smoke environments have even filed suits alleging substantial damages from second-hand smoke.

Because tobacco companies face what is essentially an endless stream of these types of claims, litigating or otherwise resolving tobacco and smoking claims is more of a marathon than a sprint. Tobacco companies and their insurers must be aware not only of the economic ramifications of each resolved claim but also the impact each resolution can have on the overall legal landscape of tobacco industry litigation.


At Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe, we take an integrated and strategic approach to handling tobacco and smoking claims. Our clients in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky seek us out because they want attorneys who will do more than resolve individual claims. They want a law firm that can help them build an overall policy and strategy for resolving tobacco and smoking claims that is fiscally and socially responsible, and beneficial to the company as a whole.

As a respected and well-established West Virginia law firm, we have the resources to effectively defend our tobacco industry clients in mass torts, class action lawsuits and multidistrict litigation. Our firm draws on the collective experience of more than 50 highly qualified attorneys to provide tobacco companies and their insurers throughout the United States with zealous but practical defense for smoking and tobacco litigation.

Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe knows how to litigate tobacco and smoking claims

Throughout more than 30 years of practice in West Virginia, Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe has helped tobacco companies and their insurers in the United States efficiently resolve claims. Call us at 304-344-0100 or contact us online to begin a relationship with a law firm that is nationally recognized for experience and quality while remaining dedicated to its community and employees.