A jury has ordered the second biggest tobacco company in the US, Reynolds American Inc, to pay Cynthia Robinson a staggering $23.6 billion in punitive damages. That’s just over R244 billion. Robinson’s husband died in 1996 of lung cancer and the judgement is the largest in Florida history from a wrongful death lawsuit filed by a single plaintiff.
RJ Reynolds makes Camel cigarettes as well as Pall Mall, Winston, Kool etc amoungst other brands.
That’s Robison and her legal team….smiling.
“A Florida jury has awarded the widow of a chain smoker who died of lung cancer 18 years ago record punitive damages of more than $23 billion in her lawsuit against the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, the nation’s second-biggest cigarette maker.”
“Cynthia Robinson of the Florida Panhandle city of Pensacola sued the cigarette maker in 2008 over the death of her husband, Michael Johnson, claiming the company conspired to conceal the health dangers and addictive nature of its products.” [Reuters]
Counsel for the tobacco giant said they will challenge the verdict. Obviously.