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    Re: $23 Billion Lawsuit Settlement for One Smoking Death

    Quote Originally Posted by rhinefire View Post
    JUL 19, 2014 6:04PM ET / NATIONAL
    Florida Jury Awards a $23 BILLION Settlement in Smoking Case

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    APA Florida jury smacked R.J. Reynolds, America's second-largest cigarette company, with $23.6 billion in damages in a smoking case late on Friday. It only seems to fair to say that the decision will prompt a quick appeal and that there's a pretty strong possibility that this award is going to be reduced.
    The suit was filed the widow of Michael Johnson Sr., a longtime smoker who died oflung cancer at the age of 36, leaving behind two children. From the AP:
    The case is one of thousands filed in Florida after the state Supreme Court in 2006 tossed out a $145 billion class actionverdict. That ruling also said smokers and their families need only prove addiction and that smoking caused their illnesses or deaths.
    Last year, Florida's highest court re-approved that decision, which made it easier for sick smokers or their survivors to pursue lawsuits against tobacco companies without having to prove to the court again that Big Tobacco knowingly sold dangerous products and hid the hazards of cigarette smoking.
    The four-week trial yielded 18 hours of deliberations before $17 million in compensatory damages was awarded. Then came the hammer. A $23.6 billion punitive judgment. The amount, while fun to think about, will almost certainly be reduced. As Frances Robles explained:
    Such efforts by the industry are often successful. In October 2002, a Los Angeles jury awarded $28 billion in punitive damages against Philip Morris USA. In August 2011, an appeals court reduced the punitive damages to $28 million.


    Anyone recall the BP oil spill two years ago and BP got nailed for 22 billion???!!! (one Billion less)Can you say "Our jjudicial system has gone mad"?
    $28Bil for one person makes me want to start smoking.

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    Re: $23 Billion Lawsuit Settlement for One Smoking Death

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Intentionally deceiving people about the deadly product you're selling them with the intent of getting more people to get addicted before any resistance to your product starts up. Deliberately marketing that deadly product to children.
    Theres a warning on the box, thuse there's no diception.

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    Re: $23 Billion Lawsuit Settlement for One Smoking Death

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    Who made and sold him the cigarettes that put him in his grave?
    Who bought them and smoked them? It was a self-inflicted wond of his own choice. His body, his say, not yours. Case closed.

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    Re: $23 Billion Lawsuit Settlement for One Smoking Death

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Cut the crapola, Surgeon General's warnings have been on every pack for DECADES.
    Since everyone knows that smoking kills you, why is the sale of cigarettes legal?

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    Re: $23 Billion Lawsuit Settlement for One Smoking Death

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    Who bought them and smoked them? It was a self-inflicted wond of his own choice. His body, his say, not yours.
    Case closed.


    It will be closed when the last cigarette is sold in the USA, and that day is coming.

    Wait and see.

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    Re: $23 Billion Lawsuit Settlement for One Smoking Death

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    Since everyone knows that smoking kills you, why is the sale of cigarettes legal?
    I don't know, but you want to sue an industry for doing some that legal, and everyone knows that smoking is dangerous.
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    Re: $23 Billion Lawsuit Settlement for One Smoking Death

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    It will be closed when the last cigarette is sold in the USA, and that day is coming.

    Wait and see.
    When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east and mountans blow like leaves in the wind.

    And besides, no person in the world is worth $28Bil anyway. Even if the companey is guilty of something, the penalty sould be medical bills plus earning potential through his natural lifespan. Nothing more.

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    Re: $23 Billion Lawsuit Settlement for One Smoking Death

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    And the decades before that?
    Irrelevant to this discussion.
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    Re: $23 Billion Lawsuit Settlement for One Smoking Death

    We need to ban pot too, because people will develop lung cancer from smoking.
    "He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
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    Re: $23 Billion Lawsuit Settlement for One Smoking Death

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    Since everyone knows that smoking kills you, why is the sale of cigarettes legal?
    Almost anything can kill you...even drinking too much water.

    Water intoxication - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    But the individual needs to take responsibility for what they voluntarily put into their bodies.

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