R.J. Reynolds cleared in stewardess case
November 16, 2007
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A six-member Miami jury found that R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (NYSE:RAI) and other cigarette manufacturers were not liable in the case of a former flight attendant who died of lung cancer, the company said Friday.
The suit was filed by Gloria Menchini, who claimed her daughter, Annette, got lung cancer from exposure to secondhand smoke on airplanes.
Menchini’s is the ninth flight attendant case to go to trial since 2001. Juries have ruled in favor of the tobacco industry in seven of those lawsuits. Another case ended in a verdict against the industry, while the remaining case ended in a mistrial and was subsequently dismissed.
Other defendants in the case included Philip Morris (NYSE:MO) USA Inc., Lorillard Tobacco Company and Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation, now known as Brown & Williamson Holdings, Inc.