This sh*t almost sounds too good to be true, but it looks as if a man from Boston may have made history in his pursuit to sue “big tobacco” over racist marketing.
A jury has ruled the Lorillard Tobacco Co. tried to entice black children to become smokers by handing out free cigarettes and has awarded $71 million in compensatory damages to the estate and son of a woman who died of lung cancer.
The Suffolk Superior Court jury announced its verdict Tuesday after hearing weeks of testimony.
Willie Evans alleged Lorillard introduced his mother, Marie Evans, to smoking as a child in the late 1950s by giving her free Newport cigarettes at the Orchard Park housing project in Boston, where she lived. He said his mother smoked for more than 40 years before dying of lung cancer at age 54.
The jury awarded Marie Evans’ estate $50 million in compensatory damages and gave her son $21 million. A hearing on possible punitive damages is set for Thursday.
$71 million?!?!?! Do you have any idea how many people are gonna come out of the wood-works to claim some of this bread that the courts are willing to award now??? We might have to go look out our family history to find out who’s been smoking since they were 9…
Do you feel that the tobacco industry owes victims of lung cancer some damages for the cancer and lung disease that cigarettes cause??