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Rj Reynolds, The Second Largest Cigarette Company In The Country, Will Pay Wife Of Cancer Victim $23.6bn

July 24, 2014

Rj Reynolds Tobacco Company Was Beat With A Penalizing Fine In Addition To The $ 16,8 (£ 9.8m) In Damages.

  According to the U.S. Court decision, the second largest cigarette company in the country is obliged to pay $ 23.6 billion (£ 13,8 billion) to the wife of a smoker who died of lung cancer.RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company was beat with a penalizing fine in addition to the $ 16,8 (£ 9.8m) in damages.In 2008 Cynthia Robinson, the wife, took action against the company, demanding compensation for the death of her husband in 1996.However, a company spokesman said, the decision was “ grossly excessive and impermissible under state and constitutional law.”Ms. Robinson’s advocates argue that RJ Reynolds was negligent in informing customers about the dangers of tobacco use.According to lawyers, this negligence led to her husband Michael Johnson Sr contracting lung cancer from smoking, becoming “addicted” and unable to several attempts to quit smoking.Willie Gary, Ms Robinson’s lawyer said: “RJ Reynolds took a calculated risk by manufacturing cigarettes and selling them to consumers without properly informing them of the hazards.”He also said: “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 statement of Jeffrey Raborn, vice president and assistant general counsel said that RJ Reynolds plans to appeal the decision.He said: “This verdict goes far beyond the realm of reasonableness and fairness, and is completely inconsistent with the evidence presented.”Punitive damages are compensated to Ms Robinson, allegedly the largest of each case arising from action lawsuit filed in Florida.

In 2008 Cynthia Robinson, The Wife, Took Action Against The Company, Demanding Compensation For The Death Of Her Husband In 1996.

Several of the same cases have resulted in smaller payments after the highest court of the state held that smokers and their families only had to confirm the addictive and that smoking caused their illness.
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