The court ordered the US state of Florida’s second-largest US tobacco company RJ Reynolds Tobacco (brands Camel, Winston, Salem, Pall Mall, owned by BAT) to pay 23 billion. Dollars compensation widow of a smoker who died from lung cancer, reports Reuters.
Cynthia Robinson has sued the manufacturer of cigarettes in 2008. According to her, her late husband Michael Johnson had smoked for 20 years, smoking at the same time for 2-3 packs of cigarettes a day. “He could not quit. He smoked, even in the day of his death”, said the lawyer of the family of the deceased.
Hearings in the case lasted four weeks. According to the original decision of the jury RJ Reynolds Tobacco had to pay to the widow, and her son, 7.3 and 9.6 million, respectively. However, after further discussions, the amount of compensation has increased significantly, to 23.6 billion dollars. This amount has become one of the largest in the history of the state, which was paid as compensation to an individual.
According to lawyers R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, the company intends to appeal the decision, as it believes this level of compensation “extremely exaggerated.”