R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Wins Engle Progeny Case in Florida

March 25, 2009

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., March 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company applauds the jury’s defense verdict in a Pinellas County, Fla., lawsuit which was filed pursuant to the 2006 Florida Supreme Court decision in Engle that decertified the class but allowed former class members to file individual lawsuits against the industry.

This was the first such case against R.J. Reynolds to proceed to trial.

“We thank the jury for taking the time to consider all of the evidence presented and for making the right decision,” said J. Jeffery Raborn, vice president and assistant general counsel for R.J. Reynolds. “Their verdict demonstrates that despite the flawed decision of the Florida Supreme Court to allow these cases to proceed in this fashion, we have strong defenses to them and we will continue to defend ourselves vigorously.”

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, an indirect subsidiary of Reynolds American Inc. (NYSE: RAI), is the second-largest tobacco company in the United States, manufacturing about one of every three cigarettes sold in the country. The company’s brands include five of the 10 best-selling U.S. cigarette brands: Camel, Kool, Winston, Salem and Doral. For more information, visit www.RJRT.com.

SOURCE R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

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