Lorillard Must Pay $4M In Wrongful Death Suit, Jury Says

By Michael Lipkin (August 4, 2014, 6:18 PM EDT) -- A Los Angeles jury has found Lorillard Tobacco Co. should pay at least $3.9 million to the widow of a longtime Kent and Newport smoker, finding the cigarettes' negligent design was a key factor in her husband's death and contributed to nearly $18 million in total damages.

The Wednesday jury verdict, after a monthlong trial, found that Lorillard was responsible for 17 percent of the harm to William Major, who died of lung cancer in 1998 after smoking for decades.

Gil Purcell of Brayton Purcell LLP, representing Major's widow, told Law360 that the verdict means Lorillard is liable for $3.9 million...

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