In the legal firing line: RJ Reynolds/Vuse face huge compensation payout & class action lawsuit (respectively)

in the press collated

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*$34 million BIG tobacco verdict in Pensacola

An Escambia County jury has returned a $34 million verdict against R.J. Reynolds tobacco company on behalf of the family of Garry O’Hara, a 50-year-old man who died of lung cancer 15 years after he had quit smoking. The jury reached the decision after a three-week trial in Pensacola. “If Americans only knew what these companies concealed, what they knew about smoking, lung cancer, and nicotine addiction” Mark Avera, a lawyer who represented O’Hara’s family said in a written statement. “They were decades ahead of everyone else on smoking and health. That was all they did, study cigarettes and research how to addict more young teens.” Read full article

**California lawsuit alleges cancer risk in Vuse ecig’

A potential class-action lawsuit has been filed in California against a subsidiary of Reynolds American Inc. claiming that use of top-selling electronic cigarette Vuse exposes smokers to “significant amounts of harmful carcinogens.” The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Plaintiff Jerod Harris claims R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. is violating California law by failing to include a potential carcinogen risk, particularly exposure to formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, in its marketing and labels. The complaint cites the California Consumers Legal Remedies Act. Read full article

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*Staff reports PNJ (14 September 2015) $34 million ‘big tobacco’ verdict in Pensacola [online newspaper]. Retrieved from

**Richard Craver (13 September 2015) California lawsuit alleges cancer risk in Vuse electronic cigarette [online newspaper]. Retrieved from


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