R.J. Reynolds prevails in jury trial brought by smoker's widower
Clients R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
Jones Day won a complete defense verdict for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in this lawsuit by the widower of a smoker who died of cancer after smoking Reynolds' cigarettes for 26 years. The two previous tobacco trials in the Pacific Northwest against Reynolds' competitor, Philip Morris (who was not represented by Jones Day), resulted in plaintiffs' verdicts of $100 million and $80 million. In Kimball, plaintiff was seeking $10.5 million in damages and was represented by counsel with extensive experience in litigating tobacco cases. After a two-week trial, the jury took only 90 minutes to reach a defense verdict on all four claims.
Philip R. Kimball, as Administrator of the Estate of Carla M. Kimball v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Case No. 03-0664 (W.D. Wa.)