Big Tobacco Takes a Hit


Florida jury awards elderly man $1.2 million from tobacco companies for wife's death.

The Palm Beach (FL) Post (5/2, Musgrave, 96K) reported a Florida jury ordered R.J. Reynolds, Lorillard and Liggett tobacco companies at fault for turning a 91-year-old Delray Beach man's wife “into a hopeless nicotine addict, which ultimately led to her death from lung cancer at age 81.” David Cohen was awarded $1.2 million, which is “far less than his attorneys asked for,” but “neither they nor Cohen voiced any disappointment.” The Post noted “the tobacco giants are expected to appeal, as they have done consistently since cases stemming from a 1994 class-action lawsuit began going to trial several years ago.”