CNN) — A Florida jury awarded a widow $23.6 billion in punitive damages in her lawsuit against tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, her lawyer said.
Cynthia Robinson claimed that smoking killed her husband, Michael Johnson, in 1996. She argued R.J. Reynolds was negligent in not informing him that nicotine is addictive and smoking can cause lung cancer. Johnson started smoking when he was 13 and died of lung cancer when he was 36.
The jury award Friday evening is “courageous,” said Robinson’s lawyer, Christopher Chestnut.
“If anyone saw the documents that this jury saw, I believe that person would have awarded a similar or greater verdict amount,” he said.
The Escambia County trial took four weeks and the jury deliberated for 15 hours, according to the Pensacola News Journal. The verdict included more than $16 million in compensatory damages, the newspaper said.
This is beyond the pale ludicrous, and will be overturned. How much responsibility did they apportion to the suicidal idiot who smoked himself to death?
was, in effect, the American “newspaper of record” from soon after its
start in 1857 until 1912. As early as 1858, it criticized various
aspects of tobacco use, as shown by a cartoon on secondhand smoke.
It’s not like people didn’t know that cigarettes were bad for you for a 100 years before this bozo kicked off.