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Judge upholds Conn. woman's $28M tobacco award

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NEW HAVEN, CT (AP) -- A federal judge has upheld a $28 million judgment against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in the case of a Connecticut smoker who developed larynx cancer.

The Day of New London reported Thursday that US District Judge Stefan Underhill recently denied R.J. Reynolds's motion for a new trial in the case of 51-year-old Barbara Izzarelli of Norwich.

Izzarelli developed cancer at age 36 after having smoked Salem Kings cigarettes for 25 years. She survived, but doctors had to remove her larynx.

Izzarelli won $12 million against the company last year in the first such jury award in New England. The company was also ordered to pay nearly $16 million in interest dating back to when the lawsuit began in 1999.

R.J. Reynolds's lawyers argued Salem Kings were not unreasonably dangerous.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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