Sherman v. RJR Reynolds

VERDICT

Trial
04/20/09 – 05/08/09

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Summary

Plaintiff Melba Sherman's husband, John Sherman, died of lung cancer in 1996, after smoking 3-4 packs of Lucky Strike and Winston cigarettes for over 50 years. According to the defense, Sherman enjoyed smoking, chose to smoke, knew the risks, and made no serious attempt to quit.

The jury found that Sherman was addicted to nicotine and that Sherman's addiction was the legal cause of death. The jury apportioned liability 50% each to John Sherman and RJ Reynolds, based on RJ Reynolds' concealment of the dangers, and found damages of $1.55M.

Outcome

Fault: RJ Reynoldsd-50%, John Sherman 50%
Martha Sherman's Loss: 1,550,000

Sessions

APR
23
AM Session
Not in Session
0 Chapters
PM Session
Not in Session
0 Chapters
APR
24
APR
27
APR
30
AM Session
Other
2 Chapters
PM Session
Verdict
3 Chapters
MAY
5
PM Session
Not in Session
0 Chapters
MAY
8

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