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Trial to begin in Bridgeport against Philip Morris in smoker's death

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BRIDGEPORT -

A trial is set to begin in a lawsuit against Philip Morris in connection with the lung cancer death of a Vernon woman who smoked the company's Marlboro cigarettes.

The trial over Jeanette Bifolck's death in 2000 is scheduled to begin today in federal court in Bridgeport.

Bifolck's husband, Vincent Bifolck, filed a wrongful death lawsuit back in 2006 against Philip Morris, a subsidiary of Richmond, Virginia-based Altria Group Inc.

The 42-year-old died after having smoked Marlboro and Marlboro Lights since the early 1970s.

The lawsuit cites the Connecticut Product Liability Act alleges Philip Morris cigarettes were "unreasonably" dangerous to the people smoking them.

Philip Morris denies wrongdoing.

Among its defenses is that Bifolck chose to smoke.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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