Friday Jul 25
Of excesses, moderation and drought
LAST week the court ordered cigarette giant RJ Reynolds of Tobaccoville, NC, to pay US$7.3m to Cynthia Robinson, widow of Mike Johnson; US$9.6m to his son; and US$26.3billion in punitive damages -- Ouch! From age 13, Mike smoked three packs a day and died of lung cancer at 36. Cynthia claimed: "In 1996 she never knew nicotine was addictive and bad ... (more)
The Straits Times
Court awards $28b in damages to widow of chain-smoker who died of lung cancer
An R.J. Reynolds sign is seen outside the 1-million-square-foot cigarette manufacturing facility in Tobaccoville, North Carolina on May 23, 2014.
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Susan Cameron, chief executive officer of Reynolds American Inc., right, speaks as Patrick McCrory, governor of North Carolina, looks on at a news conference at Reynolds American's facility in Tobaccoville, North Carolina, on Friday, May 23, 2014.