Florida Jury Awards Family $34.6 Million For Former Smoker's Lung Cancer Death
(September 15, 2015, 10:43 AM EDT) -- PENSACOLA, Fla. — A Florida jury on Sept. 11 awarded the family of a 50-year-old man who died of lung cancer $34,697,000 in compensatory and punitive damages, apportioning the liability between him and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (Colette O'Hara v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., No. 2007-CA-003065, Fla., 1st Jud. Circuit, Escambia Co.).
Colette O'Hara and her children, on behalf of Garry O'Hara, sued R.J. Reynolds in the First Judicial Circuit for Escambia County, arguing that it was liable for Garry O'Hara's lung cancer. Garry O'Hara quit...