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RJ Reynolds Hit for $23.6 Billion in Smoking Lawsuit

RJ Reynolds Hit for $23.6 Billion in Smoking Lawsuit
Posted July 20th, 2014 @ 3:36pm by Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff

(NEWSER) – RJ Reynolds is about $23.6 billion poorer after a Florida jury awarded a widow a whopping $23.6 billion in damages over her husband's death from lung cancer. As the Pensacola News Journal notes, it's one of the largest verdicts ever against a tobacco company, and a Reynolds exec tells the AP that the company will fight the "grossly excessive" award. "This verdict goes far beyond the realm of reasonableness and fairness, and is completely inconsistent with the evidence presented," he said.

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