Glad to help put. You are mistaken about what actually occurred, but that is understandable because it is complicated.<quoted text>
Wasn't the class action suit dismissed and that is why there is the Engle Trust? Please correct if wrong
What happened was the the FL Supreme Court De-certified the Class in the original Engle Class Action lawsuit. The FL Supreme Court did so based on a belief that the class members were too dissimilar to "lump" together. When the Court took this action they gave class members and any others until January 10, 2008 to file or to re-file, as the case may be, INDIVIDUAL lawsuits against the 5 tobacco giants. The ailments covered were the same as for the Engle Trust Fund, but individual lawsuits against the companies would be allowed. The diagnosis/injury to the Florida smoker had to have occurred after May of 1990 but before Nov 21, 1996. The Engle Trust Fund was, and is, a separate and distinct entity. Claimants under the Engle Trust Fund had until June 16, 2008 to register. Read below:
If you or a family member was a Florida resident and suffered from an illness caused by cigarettes prior to November 1996, you only had until January 10, 2008, to file an individual lawsuit against the tobacco companies. Former Engle class members are also eligible to receive a share in a trust fund of approximately $600 million if you (or your decedent) have suffered, presently suffer, or have died from any of the tobacco-related medical diseases or medical conditions listed above. The disease or medical condition must have been first diagnosed or first manifested itself on or before November 21, 1996. Qualifying Engle class members must register no later than June 16, 2008, to be eligible to receive a share of the Engle Trust Fund. Registration does not assure qualification to share in the Engle Trust Fund. You will be required to submit significant medical documentation to support your claim.