RJ Reynolds Hit with $2 Million Verdict in Smoker’s Death
Last month, a jury handed down a $2 million verdict against tobacco company RJ Reynolds over the death of a Florida man. Tyrone Dixon had been smoking cigarettes for more than 25 years when he died of a brain hemorrhage in 1994, at the age of 39.
According to the lawsuit, Dixon was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer after decades of cigarette use. The cancer’s metastasis caused the fatal hemorrhage. The attorney representing Dixon’s family blamed cigarettes and RJ Reynolds for Dixon’s death, claiming that the company participated in a decades-long scheme to cover up the dangers of smoking.
The jury found RJ Reynolds 58% responsible for Dixon’s death, and assigned 42% of responsibility to Dixon. The $2 million award includes $1.3 million for Dixon’s wife and $350,000 to each of his children. The jury also found the tobacco company liable on the conspiracy claim, and recommended proceedings for determining punitive damages.
“For too many years, tobacco companies put products over people by concealing the dangers of their products. It is time for them to take responsibility for the harm caused by these tactics,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.
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