Kinnally v. RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company, et al.


01/09/23 – 01/30/23


Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds prevailed at trial last February over the lung cancer death of a Massachusetts woman who smoked for more than 50 years.

A Massachusetts state court jury cleared the two tobacco companies of responsibility for the death of Joanne Kinnally, who died of lung cancer in 2014. Kinnally, 71, had smoked for roughly 55 years, favoring Kent-brand cigarettes, now owned by R.J. Reynolds, and Philip Morris’ Marlboro Lights. Kinally’s husband claimed those cigarettes were defectively designed and the companies engaged in a conspiracy to hide the dangers of smoking, which he contended ultimately caused Kinnally’s fatal cancer.


Verdict for defendant.


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