Fla. Appeals Court Stubs $79M RJR Lung Cancer Verdict

Law360, New York (April 9, 2012, 9:58 PM EDT) -- A Florida appeals court threw out a $79.2 million jury verdict Monday in a suit brought against R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. by the daughter of a lung cancer victim, saying the amount is greater than the evidence supports.

The jury that awarded Diane Webb $7.2 million in compensatory damages and $72 million in punitive damages for the death of her father, James Cayce Horner, might have had "an emotional response to testimony regarding difficulties Ms. Webb and her father faced and overcame before cancer befell...
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