Record payout for cancer death imposed on tobacco firm

(AGI) Miami - A U.S. court has ordered RJ ReynoldsTobacco Company to pay 23.6 billion dollars to the wife of asmoker  [...]

Record payout for cancer death imposed on tobacco firm
(AGI) Miami, July 20 - A U.S. court has ordered RJ ReynoldsTobacco Company to pay 23.6 billion dollars to the wife of asmoker who died of lung cancer. The U.S. cigarette producer washit with the punitive fine on top of 16.8m dollars incompensatory damages payable to the other heirs of MichaelJohnson, who died age at the of 36 after many failed attemptsto give up smoking. According to Johnson's widow, CynthiaRobinson, RJ Reynolds behaved negligently by manufacturingcigarettes and selling them to consumers without properlyinforming them of the hazards. .