February 8, 1998 |
When tobacco lawyers checked into their hotels for the state's anti-tobacco mega-trial, they were greeted by in-room copies of Minnesota Monthly with a beaming Jeanne Weigum on its cover. The magazine had named Weigum its 1997 Minnesotan of the Year, which must have given the tobacco folks pause. Unlike most people saluted in such a manner, Weigum is not an industrialist, philanthropist or cultural icon. She is a veteran anti-smoking activist.
February 3, 1998 |
Over heated defense objections, portions of some of the most scathing articles ever published about the tobacco industry in a scholarly medical journal were read to the jury in the massive case filed against the nation's cigarette companies by the state of Minnesota and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Minnesota. Michael Ciresi, the lead plaintiff's attorney, read excerpts of a July 19, 1995, editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. and two related articles.
April 15, 1998 |
Jurors in Minnesota's landmark suit against the tobacco industry Tuesday got their first glimpse of one of the 39,000 hotly contested company documents unsealed by the Supreme Court on April 6. The 1969 R.J. Reynolds memorandum discusses removing or declaring "invalidated" scientific research findings about tobacco that could prove damaging to the company in court.
April 25, 1998 |
A provocative memo describing how R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. lawyers suppressed research on the health hazards of smoking has been removed from a congressional Web site after company officials complained that it should not have been made public Wednesday.
March 18, 1998 |
Tobacco companies being sued in Minnesota must turn over 39,000 fiercely protected documents for use in the case against them, the state Court of Appeals ruled. The three-judge panel denied the companies' claim of attorney-client privilege for the documents, upholding a March 7 decision by Ramsey County District Judge Kenneth J. Fitzpatrick. The court said the documents must be released by noon Thursday unless the Minnesota Supreme Court grants a stay. Robert Weber, an R.J.
March 4, 1998 |
The head of Philip Morris Cos. on Tuesday said he was ashamed of the company's attempts to market its product to young people. During testimony in Minnesota's tobacco trial, Geoffrey Bible, chairman and chief executive of the nation's largest cigarette company, was shown a 1975 memo written by researcher Myron Johnston to Dr. R.B. Seligman.