Attorney Fred Levin, who fought tobacco industry, dies at 83 – WBNG-TV

Attorney Fred Levin, who fought tobacco industry, dies at 83 – WBNG-TV

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Florida attorney Fred Levin, who won a major legal battle against the tobacco industry, has died after being infected with the coronavirus. He was 83. Levin’s death Tuesday of complications from COVID-19 was confirmed by an attorney in his firm. Levin was able to get the Florida Legislature in the 1990s to change its Medicaid law so that the state could recoup its costs of treating lung cancer. That led to a $13 billion settlement with the tobacco industry. Levin also managed fellow Pensacola native Roy Jones Jr.’s boxing career leading to the prizefighter’s heavyweight championship in 2003. And he donated more than $35 million as a philanthropist.

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