Tort Law

Fla. Jury Awards $72M in Punitives to Daughter in Smoking-Death Case; R.J. Reynolds to Appeal

A jury in Levy County, Fla., has awarded $80 million to the daughter of a man who died of lung cancer in 1996, at age 78, some six decades after James Cayce Horner began smoking in the 1930s, as a teenager.

Of that amount, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. must pay $8 million in compensatory damages and the remaining $72 million in punitive damages, reports Bloomberg.

A company spokesman says Reynolds is disappointed with yesterday’s verdict and will appeal.

Dianne Webb, the adult daughter of Horner, was represented by Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley.

A law firm press release provides additional details.

Related coverage:

ABA Journal (March 2007): “Up in Smoke” (May 2007): “Husband of Smoker Awarded $2.5 Million” (May 2007): “Lawyer Disappointed in Tobacco Punitives”

Untitled Document

We welcome your comments, but please adhere to our comment policy and the ABA Code of Conduct.

Commenting is not available in this channel entry.