Death of John O'Quinn

October 29, 2009
Houston, Texas

Famed lawyer who won huge cases against big tobacco companies, dies in car wreck
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HOUSTON (AP) - Flamboyant lawyer John O'Quinn, who won billions in verdicts against makers of breast implants, pharmaceuticals and tobacco products, died Thursday in a traffic wreck. He was 68.

O'Quinn and a passenger were killed when police say the sport-utility vehicle he was driving skidded across the median of a rain-slicked parkway just outside downtown Houston, went airborne and slammed into a tree.

His law firm said O'Quinn's passenger, Johnny Cutliff, was...

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