BREAKING UPDATE: $10M Punitive Verdict Boosts Award Against RJR to $13M in Fatal COPD Trial

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Apr 21, 2016 8:07:19 PM

Eric Rosen delivers closings in Vivian Turner's suit against R.J. Reynolds over the death of her mother, Vivian Wilkinson. Jurors awarded Turner and her brother $3 million in compensatory damages, plus potential punitives. 

Breaking Update 4/22/16: Jurors imposed a $10 million punitive verdict on R.J. Reynolds for its role in a former bartender's fatal respiratory disease. Friday's punitives boost the total award to $13 million for the children of Vivian Wilkinson, who died after more than 40 years of smoking. 

The punitive verdict, which exceeded the $8.8 million in punitives  Kelley/Uustal's Eric Rosen requested in Friday morning's closings, followed about an hour of deliberations.   

CVN will provide additional details as events warrant. The original story follows. 

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Topics: Negligence, Products Liability, tobacco, Florida, Turner v. R.J. Reynolds