Jury Awards $37.5M To Smoker's Family In RJ Reynolds Suit

Law360, New York (August 2, 2013, 3:49 PM EDT) -- A Florida jury on Wednesday hit R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. with $37.5 million in damages for its role in the death of 38-year-old woman who had allegedly smoked the company’s cigarettes since she was 15.

The Broward County Circuit Court jury awarded the family of Laura Grossman $15 million in compensatory damages and $22.5 million in punitive damages.

According to Grossman’s attorney, Scott Schlesinger of Law Offices of Sheldon J. Schlesinger PA, Grossman was 15 when she began smoking Vantage and Salem brand cigarettes in 1972....
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