$20M Verdict Excessive In RJR Smoking Case, Fla. Panel Says

Law360, Miami (November 30, 2016, 9:35 PM EST) -- R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. won a reversal Wednesday of a $20 million jury verdict for the daughter of a lifelong smoker who died of cancer, as a Florida appeals court found the award was out of the norm and excessive for an independent adult child of a victim.

The Fourth District Court of Appeal affirmed the lower court's denial of R.J. Reynolds' requests for either a direct verdict or a new trial, but it found that precedent in similar cases had established that the $6 million...
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