This Widow Won $23.6 Billion After Suing a Tobacco Company

July 21, 2014 5:52 AM

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This Widow Won $23.6 Billion After Suing a Tobacco Company

Although the details behind her lawsuit are morbid, the widow probably had a pretty good day when she scored a huge judgment Friday against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., winning $23.6 billion (!) in punitive damages and $16 million in compensatory damages.

Cynthia filed suit in 2008 against the second largest cigarette producer in the U.S. on behalf of her husband Michael Johnson Sr., a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996, according to USA Today. After 15 hours of deliberation following a four-week trial, the jury determined that the tobac...

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