RJ Reynolds Ordered To Pay Smoker's Widow $30M

Law360, New York (June 2, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A Florida jury has ordered R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. to hand over $30 million to a Florida widow whose husband died of lung cancer in 1995, in one of the first of many similar product liability and wrongful death suits against Big Tobacco to go to trial.

A six-member jury in the First Judicial Circuit of Florida in Escambia County rendered its verdict against the tobacco giant in two parts: awarding $5 million in compensation Friday to Hilda Martin, the widow of Benny Martin, and handing...
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