Tobacco industry boosted by American court victory
Tuesday 06 May 1997
The family of the smoker, Jean Connor, had sued RJ Reynolds, alleging that it made a dangerous and defective product and that it had been negligent in giving sufficient warnings about the health risks of smoking.
The trial, which lasted five weeks, was being keenly watched by the industry and by Wall Street. There were fears that a verdict against RJ Reynolds would prompt another slide in the shares of tobacco companies, which are already contending with a constellation of legal and political challenges.
Instead, the decision by the jury will strengthen the industry's hand at a crucial time. Negotiations between the two leading cigarette makers, RJ Reynolds and Philip Morris, on a possible global settlement to end the anti-tobacco lawsuits resumed behind closed doors in Dallas yesterday.
Ms Connor died in October 1995. The jury had a chance to hear her directly, however, in a videotape made by her just before the death. The tape was partially played in the courtroom.
Ms Connor's estate had be seeking damages to compensate for her death and was also asking the jury to impose punitive damages on RJ Reynolds. The case was the first time in a Florida tobacco liability case that punitive damages had been requested.
But the tobacco companies still face multiple threats. A class action suit in Florida against the industry is due to go court in July.
- 1 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 2 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 3 'Women should not laugh in public,' says Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister in morality speech
- 4 Ebola virus: UK health officials issue warning to doctors as experts admit the outbreak 'is not under control'
- 5 Ross Burden dead: MasterChef and Ready Steady Cook star dies at age 45 after suffering from cancer
'Women should not laugh in public,' says Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister in morality speech
Richard Dawkins says 'date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse' on Twitter
Ross Burden dead: MasterChef and Ready Steady Cook star dies at age 45 after suffering from cancer
Zayn Malik on Israel-Gaza: One Direction singer bombarded with Twitter death threats after posting #FreePalestine
MH17 crash: Black boxes show plane suffered 'massive explosive decompression' following shrapnel hit
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
- < Previous
- Next >
iJobs Money & Business
£350 - £400 per annum + competitive: Orgtel: Project Manager (specializing in ...
£25000 per annum + OTE £40,000: SThree: Orgtel are seeking Graduate Trainee Re...
£45000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: ** HR Business Partner - Senior H...
£28000 - £32000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: PA / Team Secretary - Mat...