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$________ Product Liability – Defective design of cigarettes – Man sues tobacco manufacturer after smoking for 44 years – Lung cancer.

14th Judicial Circuit Court

In this matter, a Florida man sued R.J.R. for causing his lung cancer, as well fraud and other charges. The defendants denied liability.

The plaintiff smoked cigarettes from ________ until he was, in ________, diagnosed with lung cancer. The plaintiff’s left lung was later removed surgically, and he was advised by doctors that his cancer had been caused by his cigarette smoking.

The plaintiff filed suit in the Circuit Court of the 14th Judicial Circuit Jackson County for strict liability for placing defective and unreasonably dangerous products on the market, negligence, fraud by concealment and civil conspiracy. The plaintiff sought compensatory and punitive damages from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, individually and as successor to The American Tobacco Company. The defendant denied liability.On the 27th of March, the jury returned a finding for the plaintiff. The jury awarded $________ in compensatory damages, which was reduced by a 30% percent liability finding against the plaintiff to $7 million. The following day, the jury returned a finding of punitive damages and awarded $________, for a final award of $________.

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