RJ Reynolds told to pay wife of cancer victim $23.6bn
20 July 2014 Last updated at 05:33 BST
A US court has ordered the country's second largest cigarette company to pay $23.6 billion (£13.8bn) to the wife of a smoker who died of lung cancer.
RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company was hit with the punitive fine in addition to $16.8m (£9.8m) in compensatory damages.
Wendy Urquhart reports.