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Charleston Courtroom to be Site of Tobacco Trial

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A mass court case against the nation's largest tobacco manufacturers will be determined in a Charleston courtroom.

Closing arguments are planned to begin next week before Ohio County Senior Judge Arthur Recht in the cases filed on behalf of at least 700 plaintiffs who claim they were injured by tobacco use.

Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds, American Tobacco Co., Brown and Williamson and Lorillard have been named in the lawsuit.

Judge Recht says if the companies are found liable, different juries in future trials will determine whether damages should be awarded.

Six jurors and two alternatives were chosen from 8,000 Kanawha County residents.

A mistrial was declared during a trial in Wheeling in 2011 and there was a failed attempt to seat a jury in Kanawha County.