Jury Awards $17.7 Million in Tobacco Lung Cancer Case to Widow of Retired Navy Captain

A jury unanimously agreed to award $17,736,700 to the widow of Captain William Major, U.S. Navy, Retired, against the only defendant in the case, Lorillard Tobacco Co. the jury  concluded that products made by Lorillard Tobacco Co. failed to meet the California consumer safety based risk-benefit test for design defect.