R.J. Reynolds was hit with a $13.5 million punitive verdict Thursday for its part in the throat cancer death of a Florida smoker. Bessent-Dixon v. R.J. Reynolds, 2015-CA-002554.
The verdict capped a three-day, punitives-only trial over the 1994 death of Tyrone Dixon, who had smoked Reynolds cigarettes for years. Last August, a previous jury found Reynolds responsible for nicotine addiction that led to Dixon’s fatal throat cancer.
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