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Connecticut Judge Rules AGAINST Big Tobacco

The AP (1/3, Christoffersen) reports a judge awarded four million dollars in punitive damages on top of an eight-million dollar jury award to a woman who developed larynx cancer in a blow against RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co. Additionally, Barbara Izzarelli's lawyer said "he expects the judge to award $15.8 million worth of interest dating back more than a decade, because state law requires such interest payments in cases in which settlements are offered." David Golub added the case was the first "to come to trial in Connecticut and the first jury verdict against a tobacco company in New England." Izzarelli's case "established that Reynolds had undertaken a campaign in the early 1970s to market Salems to minors in order to establish a long-term customer base and had designed the cigarettes with enough nicotine above the threshold for addiction."

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