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FILE - In this May 8, 1998, file photo, lead tobacco attorney Peter Bleakley, second from left, stands by as tobacco industry spokesman Scott Williams, right, addresses the media outside the St. Paul courthouse, where the state of Minnesota agreed to a $6-billion settlement of its lawsuit against tobacco companies. More than 2,400 retired NFL football players are now plaintiffs, looking for the kind of success smokers had against the tobacco companies. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

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