included in the case will go forward.
This is the second time a West Virginia jury has found for tobacco companies and against plaintiffs.
An Ohio County jury ruled for tobacco companies in 2001, deciding they should not be responsible for medically monitoring smokers to see if smoking were the cause of their health problems.
The state Supreme Court upheld that verdict.
This latest outcome could have a chilling effect on the lawsuit lottery industry in West Virginia.
But it could also take some of the heat out of West Virginia's reputation for being a "tort hell."
That perception has damaged the state's existing industries and its ability to attract new ones.