Austin's Morning News

Blog > Austin's Morning News > Florida Jury Awards $23.6B Verdict in Big Tobacco Lawsuit

Florida Jury Awards $23.6B Verdict in Big Tobacco Lawsuit

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company must pay $23.6 billion to the widow of a man who died of lung cancer in one of the largest wrongful death verdicts for a single plaintiff in Florida state history, according to attorneys. A state jury awarded the punitive damages Friday to the estate of Michael Johnson Sr., who died in 1996 from lung cancer after years of chain smoking, attorney Christopher Chestnut told NBC News. Johnson's estate previously won a $17 million verdict as compensation for his family’s loss.

“This jury sent a message and gave 23.6 billion reasons why you can’t lie to consumers,” said Chestnut, who along with attorney Willie Gary represent 400 cases in Florida against Big Tobacco companies. R.J. Reynolds is the maker of Pall Mall and Camel cigarettes.

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/florida-jury-awards-23-6b-verdict-big-tobacco-lawsuit-n160241

Austin's Morning News

After some drivers raised questions about Austin’s “Don’t Block the Box” enforcement, KXAN News looked into the...
The Round Rock Police Department is no longer releasing video of a traffic stop Tuesday that has raised questions...
LIBERTY HILL, Texas -- Two children are dead after a crash along U.S. 183 near Liberty Hill on Wednesday,...
A Fort Worth grandmother turned the table on a would-be robber Monday after he put a knife to her throat. Jewell...
As Texas moves closer to becoming an open carry state, a change added right before the final passage of the House...