Cynthia Robinson has been awarded one of the largest verdicts against a tobacco company. A Florida jury awarded Johnson $23.6 billion in punitive damages in her lawsuit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
Robinson’s husband, Michael, died of lung cancer when he was 36, after chain-smoking since he was 13.
“First, I heard millions,” “I didn’t know it was “b” with-a-b-billions. I still can’t believe it.”
Birthdays, Christmas, Father’s Day, I still go and put flowers out on his grave.”
“They concealed information that was harmful to a human for years and still to this day have not admitted they were wrong,” Robinson told NBC news in an exclusive interview. She says she still puts flowers on her husband’s grave on birthdays, Christmas and Father’s Day. She says he would be proud.
“He would say, ‘We did it. We did it.’ The time has come and someone had to start somewhere and it started with me and Michael Johnson,” added Robinson.
R.J. Reyonds plans to appeal the verdict.