The 32-year-old buyer, who suffers from asthma, had sought $70,000 to cover renovation costs, personal injuries, and emotional distress.
Yesterday, a Massachusetts jury rejected her claim after a trial in which the real estate agent denied discussing secondhand smoke with the buyer.
Still, the case is likely to make real estate agents everywhere more careful about how they respond to concerns about secondhand smoke.
“I think the fact that the case went as far as it did underscores how serious an issue this is,” Edward L. Sweda Jr., senior staff attorney for the Tobacco Products Liability Project at the Northeastern University School of Law, told the Boston Globe.
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