Nunnally v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

In an action against a tobacco company alleging wrongful death resulting from lung cancer caused by the defective and unreasonably dangerous nature of cigarettes, the widow of a deceased smoker appealed the trial court's denial of her motion to set aside the jury verdict in the defendant's favor. The Supreme Court of Mississippi affirmed the trial court's denial of the motion, finding that the products liability claim of design defect was unsupported by plaintiff's evidence. The Court further found, among other things, that the trial court appropriately refused to specifically instruct the jury as to negligence, and that the trial court properly excluded evidence demonstrating the defendant's disregard of scientific reports linking cigarette smoking to cancer.


Nunnally v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, 869 So.2d 373, Supreme Court of Mississippi (2004).

  • United States
  • Mar 25, 2004
  • Supreme Court of Mississippi


Plaintiff Kay T. Nunnally, individually and on behalf of all wrongful death beneficiaries of Joseph Lee Nunnally, deceased

Defendant R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

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