A man who smoked R.J. Reynolds cigarettes for decades and claimed his addiction to nicotine caused lung cancer recovered $59,400.
William Harford, 60, was diagnosed with lung adenocarcinoma cancer in 1992. He claimed he quit smoking the same year. Although his cancer went into remission, he claimed he still lives in fear of it returning.
Defense counsel claimed Harford could not have had primary adenocarcinoma because the cancer originated outside the lungs and was not caused by smoking. They argued his cancer went into remission in 1992 and by trial he was a physically fit, self-sufficient 82-year-old. The jury found R.J. Reynolds 18 percent negligent and Harford 82 percent negligent, reducing his $330,000 award accordingly.
Case: Harford v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco
Case No.: 3:09-CV-13631
Plaintiffs attorneys: Frederick C. Baker and Rebecca M. Deupree, Mount Pleasant, S.C., and Donald A. Migliori, Providence, R.I., Motley Rice
Defense attorneys: Emily C. Baker, Atlanta, and Mark A. Belasic, Cleveland, Jones Day; Andrew S. Brenner, Boies Schiller & Flexner, Miami; Giselle Gonzalez Manseur, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, Miami; and Aviva L. Wernick, Hughes, Hubbard & Reed, Miami