1. $16M Punitive Verdict Against RJR in Cancer Trial

    $16M Punitive Verdict Against RJR in Cancer Trial

    R.J. Reynolds was hit with a $16 million punitive verdict Thursday for its role in the lung cancer death of a 53-year-old Florida woman who began smoking when she was a teenager.

    Jurors in the state’s Ninth Judicial Circuit found Reynolds liable on defective design claims at trial over the 1999 death of Lois Stucky, who began smoking at 17, and continued for decades.

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    1. That's why we say that, in this case, punitive damages aren't necessary to deter or punish the Reynolds of today.
    2. This company that's changed is still marketing these cigarettes without change.
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