Fla. Jury Awards Smoker's Family $13.5M In Reynolds Case

Law360 (March 26, 2018, 7:33 PM EDT) -- A Florida state jury awarded $13.5 million on Friday to the family of a man who died after smoking Viceroy cigarettes for decades, made by a company whose U.S. business was later bought by R.J. Reynolds.

The jury in DeLand, Florida, about 40 miles north of Orlando, awarded $5 million in compensatory damages and $8.5 million in punitive damages to two surviving kin of Arthur Brown — widow Margaret Brown and son Brandon Brown. Arthur Brown, however, was found 35 percent at fault for his death from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in 2003.

Brown had started smoking at 15 in 1955,...

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