Update: Jurors Hit RJR with $3M Compensatory Verdict in Cancer Trial, Parties Settle on Punitives After Juror Deadlock

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Mar 29, 2017 9:54:50 PM


Gary Paige delivers his closing argument against R.J. Reynolds, accused of responsibility for the lung cancer death of Evelyn Whitmire, 46, who smoked for more than 25 years. Jurors awarded Whitmire's husband $3 million in compensatory damages. 

Update 4/3/17: Parties announced Monday that they reached a confidential settlement on punitive damages. 

Tallahassee—A day after awarding $3 million in compensatory damages for the role R.J. Reynolds played in the lung cancer death of a 46-year-old smoker, Florida state court jurors Wednesday declared themselves at an impasse over punitive damages, forcing a mistrial in that phase of trial against the tobacco company. Whitmire v. R.J. Reynolds, 2015CA002337. 

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Topics: Products Liability, tobacco, Engle Progeny, Florida, Whitmire v. R.J. Reynolds