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For the first time, the facts behind the scorching of Big Tobacco are woven into a single investigative narrative. Written in the fast-paced, riveting style by a reporting team positioned from the beginning inside the frame with key players from all sides of the legal battleground, this book lets readers become insiders themselves in one of the most amazing social and financial dramas of our century. Photos.
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After nimbly sidestepping any and all lawsuits for more than four decades, the tobacco industry received what could prove to be a mortal blow when Merrell Williams, a Louisville paralegal, stole thousands of pages of confidential documents from the law firm where he worked and handed them over to Michael Moore, the attorney general of Mississippi. These confidential documents proved that the Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation, a client of the firm, knew the dangers associated with smoking cigarettes, and that they had lied repeatedly to the public about the risks. Once these documents were released via the Internet and numerous anonymous mailings, the blood was in the water. A coalition of 65 top American trial lawyers attacked the tobacco industry from one side, while Moore and 39 other states' attorneys general pounced from the other, eventually resulting in a $368 billion settlement--the largest in American history. The People Vs. Big Tobacco: How the States Took on the Cigarette Giants is a blow-by-blow account of how the "Mother of All Lawsuits" was eventually settled, who the major players were, and what the settlement actually means for the future of Big Tobacco. The lawsuit settlement has since been railed by many health organizations and policymakers as a sellout, but there is no doubt that the tobacco industry has been permanently altered. Though more big-league legal wrangling is sure to come, The People Vs. Big Tobacco is an excellent analysis of the battle as it currently stands.From the Back Cover:
Memphis, Tennessee, 1993. Attorney Michael Lewis looks into the emaciated face of his friend, a lifelong smoker dying of cancer, and resolves that something has to be done to right the wrong. Big Tobacco, which in four decades of litigation has never paid a penny, must be held accountable for the human and financial wreckage its products leave behind - especially the millions of lives snuffed out. Four years later, Mississippi Attorney General Mike Moore stands at his microphone in the ballroom of the ANA Hotel in Washington, D.C., and announces to the nation that Big Tobacco has just conceded the biggest legal settlement in history - $368.5 billion. And from the moment it is announced, the agreement is attacked and applauded from every side. For the first time, the facts behind this fascinating story are woven into a single investigative narrative. Written by a reporting team positioned, from the very beginning, close to key players from all sides of the legal battleground, this compelling human spectacle takes us behind closed doors to witness greed, duplicity, sacrifice, the power of people with influence, and the ingenuity of people without power. With its tales of reversals, brilliant compromises, and cold-eyed brinkmanship, The People vs. Big Tobacco lets readers become insiders themselves in one of the most consequential social and financial dramas of our century.
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