Common questions about the Engle Trus...

Common questions about the Engle Trust Fund

There are 57061 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Apr 21, 2008, titled Common questions about the Engle Trust Fund. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Where did the $600 million come from? Three of the five tobacco companies in the landmark Engle vs.

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#61 Jun 24, 2008
What was the letter about the deadline on?Because the deadline to register was June 16,2008 and deadline after you register is August 1,2008 and this is set by Judge Miller.

Orlando, FL

#62 Jun 24, 2008
My mother passed away from COPD in 1/08. Can I get her medical records without a power of attorney? What rights as a survivor do I have to obtain he medical records?

New Orleans, LA

#63 Jun 24, 2008
i'm pretty sure a hospital will require a power of attorney to give you records, my local one did. but you can call and find out about yours. you might have better luck dealing with her primary care physician. ALSO if you go to the engle trust fund web site, there is a court order, dealing with the release of records that might help you too.

Miami, FL

#64 Jun 24, 2008
JRS: I got that 'Order'. Now what does this mean?


#65 Jun 24, 2008
Reply about the order refer to in Sam question that was the date that you could bring a suit agaist the tom,companys.This has nothing to due with the fund that was set up called the Engle Trust Fund.The deadline to register for it was June16,2008 and send proof by August 1,2008.


#66 Jun 24, 2008
Sam this could be the order about what proof you
that you had to have to support your claim.


Miami, FL

#67 Jun 25, 2008
Ann: I'm sure your right.


#68 Jun 25, 2008
Sam,I recieved the order and it is about relevant time period for contemporaneous and verifiable paperwork must have been in existence on or before Feburary 11,2008.So unless you have copies of medical records and other paper work that was before then I guess they want allow it to be entered as proof.

United States

#69 Jun 25, 2008
ann, why was this letter sent to all of us that filed before the june 16th deadline. its confusing when it says the paper work must be in existance on or before feb 11 08. we have paper work from 1999 and before 1996????

United States

#70 Jun 25, 2008
I know i'm probably stating the obvious,but I understand that, 1- the deadline for filing an individual lawsuit against the tobacco companies was Jan. 18, 2008.(which has nothing to do with the Engle Trust Fund) 2- the deadline for filing for the Engle Trust Fund was June 16, 2008.(which is totaly seperate from the individual case filed). 3- the deadline for getting any information to prove your claim for the Engle Trust Fund is Aug. 1, 2008. If all goes perfectly, they are trying to get all those entitled to a share of the fund their money by the end of Nov. 2008. Now I have two questions, if anyone can help me with. If you have an individual suit against the tobacco companies, and you do prove and recieve any part of the Engle Trust Fund, can that effect any punitive damages if sucsesful in the individual case? And also what other proof besides death certificate, pictures, drivers lisence, can be used? Its been 12 years and everywhere says records have been destroyed. Also, is it just me or is this the computer age? How hard could it be to scan records and save them somewhere for 50 years in a data base. I understand paper folders become large and bulky, but a computer memory card??


#71 Jun 25, 2008
Tom they mean documention that has to be turn in by august 1,2008 to prove our case this is the papers that have to be in existance on or before Feburary 11,2008.You could have copies of proof as long as the medical and other papers to back up your claim existed before that time.I belive some people are trying to get paper work like affiv.and letters to prove their cases and the judge made a order to clarify the paper work needed.

Tampa, FL

#72 Jun 25, 2008
Even if your doctor has retired, the medical records should have gone somewhere if within the last 7 years. Try there. I got a letter from the doctor that signed my grandmothers death certificate, they would have known the cause of death. Just to let you know I have gotten conflicting answers from different represenitive from the GCG so I just sent in everything I could find. I have at least one thing from every section.

Germantown, TN

#73 Jun 25, 2008
i just got the order about the documents having to exist before Feb 11, 2008, also available on line here

if you can't find medical records and the smoker had filed for disability with social security, you should be able to get a copy of a determination of disability, but it's dealing with SS and takes time and effort, you might also be able to get the medical records there too.
also another place to look for information would be insurance policy's or companies that the victim had policies with.

San Diego, CA

#74 Jun 25, 2008
Is it too late to file an individual law suit against tobacco companies?

San Diego, CA

#75 Jun 25, 2008
is it too late to file law suit against tobacco companies on an individual basis?


#76 Jun 25, 2008
Yes it is too late to file a suit the deadline for that was Jam.2008
MES Apopka


#77 Jun 25, 2008
For anyone interested...there is an excellent article on the Engle trust fund (how it came about) and the Engle Progency, the class action suit. This is the group that filed by Jan. 2008
The web site is WWW.WILNER BLOCK.COM
He is one of the first attorneys in Florida to successively litigate against the tobacco co.

this is the group that had to file


#78 Jun 26, 2008
does anyone have an idea yet on how many will qualify?


#79 Jun 26, 2008
they have reported that 43000 have registered.

Cincinnati, OH

#80 Jun 26, 2008
MES Apopka wrote:
Sam, Now is the time to call every friend and relative you can think of.
I was going to suggest the same thing. Check with family and friends.

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