Florida jury awards $23.6 billion to widow in smoking lawsuit

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Date: July 20th, 2014

robinsonA Florida jury awarded a widow $23.6 billion in punitive damages in her lawsuit against tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, her lawyer said. (picture of legal team – Robinson center)

Cynthia Robinson claimed that smoking killed her husband, Michael Johnson, in 1996.

She argued R.J. Reynolds was negligent in not informing him that nicotine is addictive and smoking can cause lung cancer.

Johnson started smoking when he was 13 and died of lung cancer when he was 36.

The jury award Friday evening is “courageous,” said Robinson’s lawyer, Christopher Chestnut.  More

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