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Attorney Fred Levin, Who Fought Tobacco Industry, Dies At 83

Fred Levin via Trial Lawyers Hall Of Fame Website
Fred Levin via Trial Lawyers Hall Of Fame Website

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.

After a brief stint as Morning Edition Producer at The Public’s Radio in Rhode Island, Talia Blake returned to Central Florida Public Media. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with degrees in both Broadcast Journalism and Psychology. While at UCF, she was an intern for Central Florida’s public affairs show, Intersection. She joined on as Morning Edition Host in 2019. In 2022, Ms. Blake was appointed to the Florida Association of Broadcast Journalist’s board of directors.