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BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 23 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4760

Tobacco firm is ordered to pay £14bn in damages: The US tobacco firm RJ Reynolds has been ordered by Florida’s highest court to pay a fine of $23.6bn (£14bn; €17bn) in compensation to the widow of a smoker who died from lung cancer in 1996. Lawyers for Cynthia Robinson argued that the company had been negligent in informing consumers of the addictive dangers of tobacco. The award includes an additional $16.8m in compensatory damages. RJ Reynolds said it planned to appeal the decision, which it said was “grossly excessive and impermissible under state and constitutional law.”

Research councils collaborate on antimicrobial resistance: All seven UK research councils have agreed to collaborate on the problem of antimicrobial resistance, in an initiative that will involve the work of medical researchers, …

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