PENSACOLA, Fla., July 19 (UPI) -- A Florida jury ruled Friday R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company must pay more than $23 billion in damages in one of the largest verdicts ever against a tobacco company.
"I think the jury wanted to make a difference," Gary said. "All the cards were put on the table to show how the tobacco industry lied and failed to disclose information that could have saved lives, and that's what the jury ruled on in this case."
"That's a long journey to justice," he added. "They'll appeal because they always appeal, that's the attitude they have. But no matter how the ball bounces with the appeal, it's not the money that's important in this case."