Coral Springs family awarded $37.5 million in suit against tobacco company [USA]

Author: Wayne K. Roustan, Sun Sentinel (USA), Published on: 1 August 2013

Laura Grossman began smoking in 1972, when she was 15. The married mother of two would die of lung cancer in 1995, when she was 38. Wednesday, a Broward jury awarded $37.5 million to her family after the R.J. Reynolds [part of Reynolds American] tobacco company was found partially responsible for the Coral Springs woman's death…During the 20-day trial, tobacco company attorneys said Laura Grossman knew the risks, the Vantage cigarette she preferred had a warning label on the package, and she was responsible for her own demise…Family attorney…argued Laura Grossman was too young to assess the risks at 15, was targeted by the tobacco industry as an adolescent susceptible to nicotine addiction…The Broward jury awarded $15 million in compensatory damages for Laura Grossman's husband and two children, and $22.5 million in punitive damages against R.J. Reynolds Company…

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Related companies: Reynolds American RJ Reynolds (part of Reynolds American)