The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a tobacco company must pay a Delray Beach woman over $18 million for the death of her 58-year-old mother who died from lung cancer.
In 2014, 67-year-old Gwendolyn Odom convinced a Palm Beach County jury that R.J. Reynolds Tobacco was responsible for her mother's death from smoking, according to court documents.
Odom and her mother, Juanita Thurston, had a "very close and unique relationship," court documents show. Thurston had Odom when she was 16-years-old and never married, so the pair shared a bond almost like sisters.
“This evidence established that there was not only a loss of parental companionship, instruction, and guidance, but also mental pain and suffering from the date Thurston was originally diagnosed until her death approximately three years later, during which time Odom supported Thurston every step of the way,” Justice Barbara Pariente wrote.
Source : http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/florida/fl-ne-delray-tobacco-lawsuit-20180921-story.html173