Jury Gives Deceased Kool Smoker's Family $1.5M

Law360, New York (August 27, 2009, 6:58 PM EDT) -- A Missouri jury has awarded $1.5 million in punitive damages to the family of a woman who allegedly died from smoking R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.'s Kool cigarettes — a verdict that comes after an appeals court reversed another jury's $20 million award last year — an R.J. Reynolds spokesman said Thursday.

“Though we don't believe punitive damages are warranted and we will appeal, this jury's verdict is far more realistic than the $20 million in punitive damages previously awarded and the $110 million in punitive damages...
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