Conn. Smoker Wins $16M In Interest From RJ Reynolds

Law360, New York (March 3, 2011, 4:46 PM EST) -- A federal judge Wednesday granted a Connecticut smoker nearly $16 million in interest on the jury award in her suit against tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds Co., ruling that state law requires interest when an reasonable early settlement offer is rejected.

Judge Stefan R. Underhill of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut rejected R.J. Reynolds' arguments that it was not properly notified of the settlement offer and that the amount was "grossly excessive" because it was more than the amount total of punitive and...
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