RJ Reynolds Fights Fla. Jury's 'Excessive' $23.6B Verdict

By Nathan Hale (August 4, 2014, 9:35 PM EDT) -- R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has asked a Florida state court to toss a jury verdict awarding an unprecedented $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a wrongful death lawsuit that was once part of the historic Engle class action, calling the award "wildly and absurdly excessive."

The tobacco maker entered its post-trial filing July 28 in Florida's First Judicial Circuit, asking the judge to set aside the jury verdicts entered in mid-July, which also include nearly $17 million in compensatory damages granted to Cynthia Robinson as the surviving spouse of deceased smoker Michael Johnson Sr., and to his son, Michael Jr....

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