Fla. High Court Upholds $28M RJ Reynolds Verdict

Law360, New York (July 19, 2011, 8:16 PM EDT) -- The Supreme Court of Florida on Tuesday declined to accept R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.'s appeal of a $28.3 million jury verdict in favor of a woman whose husband died of lung cancer after decades of smoking Lucky Strike cigarettes.

In a one-page ruling, the high court said it had determined "that it should decline to accept jurisdiction" and that it would not entertain a motion for rehearing in the case initiated by Mathilde Martin, whose husband, Benny, died in 1995. By upholding the verdict, the state...
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