The Florida Supreme Court last week upheld a $28.3 million judgment against the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.. The award goes to the relatives of a Pensacola man who died 16 years ago.

Thousands of similar suits filed by other Florida smokers or their families are still pending against R.J. Reynolds and other tobacco companies. They were filed individually after the state’s high court threw out a $145 billion class-action judgment against the companies in 2006.

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