Florida Jury Awards $23 Billion In Damages Against RJ Reynolds

(Orlando, FL) -- A widow of a chain smoker who died of lung cancer is being awarded more than 23-billion dollars in punitive damages against RJ Reynolds. A Florida jury returned the judgement against the country's second-biggest cigarette maker Friday night. Cynthia Robinson sued the tobacco company over the death of her husband, who she said smoked one to three packs a day for 20 years. He died of lung cancer in 1996 at the age of 36. The 23-billion-dollar judgement is the largest in Florida history in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by a single plaintiff.