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    jury awards record 25 Billion damages in Cig cancer case

    RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company ordered to pay Cynthia Robinson $25 billion in damages after husband dies of lung cancer

    A CIGARETTE giant in the US has vowed to fight a jury verdict ordering the company to pay $25.5 billion in punitive damages to Cynthia Robinson, the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer.
    Yesterday, a Florida jury ordered tobacco company RJ Reynolds to pay the sum, in addition to more than $17 million in compensation to the estate of Michael Johnson Sr, after 15 hours of deliberations. It’s the largest verdict for a plaintiff in state history and sends a strong message to Big Tobacco that could open the floodgates for further claims.
    During the four-week trial lawyers for Cynthia Robinson argued RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company was negligent in informing consumers of the dangers of consuming tobacco and thus led to her late husband Johnson contracting lung cancer from smoking cigarettes. They said Johnson had become “addicted” to cigarettes and failed multiple attempts to quit smoking.
    “RJ Reynolds took a calculated risk by manufacturing cigarettes and selling them to consumers without properly informing them of the hazards,” Robinson’s lawyer Willie Gary said in a statement. “As a result of their negligence, my client’s husband suffered from lung cancer and eventually lost his life.”


    “We hope that this verdict will send a message to RJ Reynolds and other big tobacco companies that will force them to stop putting the lives of innocent people in jeopardy.”
    The tobacco company has hit back at the verdict, with RJ Reynolds vice president and assistant general counsel J Jeffery Raborn saying it was “grossly excessive and impermissible under state and constitutional law.”
    “This verdict goes far beyond the realm of reasonableness and fairness, and is completely inconsistent with the evidence presented,” Mr Raborn said.
    “We plan to file post-trial motions with the trial court promptly, and are confident that the court will follow the law and not allow this runaway verdict to stand.”
    The case is one of thousands filed in Florida after the state Supreme Court in 2006 threw out a $154 billion class action verdict. That ruling also said smokers and their families need only prove addiction and that smoking caused their illnesses or deaths.
    Last year, Florida’s highest court re-approved that decision, which made it easier for sick smokers or their survivors to pursue lawsuits against tobacco companies without having to prove to the court again that Big Tobacco knowingly sold dangerous products and hid the hazards of cigarette smoking.

    RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company ordered to pay Cynthia Robinson $25 billion in damages after husband dies of lung cancer | News.com.au

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    a bit silly ,, 26 billion for one person.
    how much for the lawyers who represented her ?

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    Can you say 'Pay Day?'

    Talk about unintended consequences:

    1) Plaintiff receives 5 billion

    2) Plaintiff's attornies receive 20 billion

    3) Thirty million trees are chopped down to make all the necessary paper for sundry depositions, copies, etc.

    4) Tobacco companies pass on the cost increases, a pack of cigarettes sells for $30 US.

    5) Mafia gangs smuggle foreign cigarettes in for windfall profits.

    6) Rival gangs battle for control of the lucrative cash streams resulting in thousands of by stander casualties.

    7) Sarah Palin sobs on national TV, feeling our pain and is subsequently elected POTUS.

    Fok it, I'm off to Viking bar to listen to my buddy Spike's conspiracy theories

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy the kid View Post
    a bit silly ,, 26 billion for one person.
    how much for the lawyers who represented her ?
    Used to be around 30%, probably upped to 50 for nutty amounts.

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    Fukkitt, I'm gonna start smoking again to provide for my family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lancelot View Post
    Can you say 'Pay Day?'

    Talk about unintended consequences:

    1) Plaintiff receives 5 billion

    2) Plaintiff's attornies receive 20 billion

    3) Thirty million trees are chopped down to make all the necessary paper for sundry depositions, copies, etc.

    4) Tobacco companies pass on the cost increases, a pack of cigarettes sells for $30 US.

    5) Mafia gangs smuggle foreign cigarettes in for windfall profits.

    6) Rival gangs battle for control of the lucrative cash streams resulting in thousands of by stander casualties.

    7) Sarah Palin sobs on national TV, feeling our pain and is subsequently elected POTUS.

    Fok it, I'm off to Viking bar to listen to my buddy Spike's conspiracy theories
    Hey this will be tied up in court for at least a decade. Meantime the dollar will devalue where 25 billion is chump change.

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