Jury Awards $14 Million To Widow Of Man Who Died From Cigarette Addiction
By Daniel Clark
Mealey's (February 16, 2016, 12:01 PM EST) -- ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A Florida jury on Feb. 13 awarded $5 million in punitive damages to the widow of a man who died from lung cancer caused by smoking cigarettes, bringing the total award to $14 million (Ina Ahrens v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., et al. No. 11005826CI, Fla. Cir., Pinellas Co.).
Ina Ahrens filed suit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Philip Morris USA Inc. on Aug. 4, 2014, in the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court for Pinellas County, alleging that the companies covered up...