Friday is the deadline set by the Florida Supreme Court for Florida smokers to sue tobacco companies.
The high court said smokers could sue individually after throwing out a punitive damage award in 2006 stemming from a class-action suit against cigarette makers.
Joe McMorrow is one of 500 clients who hired Stuart attorney Willie Gary to sue big tobacco. Because of years of smoking, he needs a special device to talk. "I don't breathe through my noise or my throat. When you wake up and have no more voice that is a tough one to take."
Plaintiffs have to prove they or their loved ones were seriously injured by tobacco or a relative died from smoking before 1996.