The family of late Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has reached a settlement with the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company this past week, ending a wrongful death lawsuit that was set to go to trial and hold the company responsible for “killing a baseball legend,” according to multiple reports.
Tony Gwynn used smokeless tobacco for more than 30 years, starting in 1977, nearly 10 years before the government began requiring health warnings on products.
The 15-time MLB All-Star died at age 54 in 2014 after being diagnosed with cancer of the salivary gland in 2010. The wrongful-death lawsuit filed by his family in 2016 said Tony Gwynn was “hopelessly addicted” to smokeless tobacco.
Terms of the settlement weren’t made public, but the family’s attorney said the lawsuit has “been resolved to the satisfaction of all the parties involved.”
“We assess litigation on a case-by-case basis and determined this agreement was in the best interests of the company,” U.S. Smokeless Tobacco spokesman Steve Callahan told USA Today.
Altria, which bought U.S. Smokeless Tobacco 11 years ago, settled with a Connecticut man for $5 million in a case similar to Gwynn’s eight years ago, according to NBC.
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