Friday, December 17, 2010

8270: Newport—Alive With Award Displeasure!

From The New York Post…

$81M slap for cig giveaways


BOSTON—The third-largest US cigarette maker was ordered yesterday to pay $81 million in punitive damages to the estate of a woman who died after decades of smoking Newports.

The award came in addition to $71 million in damages awarded to Marie Evans’ estate and her son, William, on Tuesday.

A jury found Lorillard Inc. had enticed her and other black children to smoke by handing out cigarettes outside their Boston housing project in the early ‘60s.

Evans died from lung cancer in 2002 at age 54.

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