May 9, 1998 |
The $6.6-billion settlement of Minnesota's big anti-tobacco case represents a huge personal triumph for state Atty. Gen. Hubert H. Humphrey III, whose contrarian, hard-line assault on Big Tobacco belied his image as a steady, honest, but unremarkable, public servant stuck in the shadow of his famous father.
May 9, 1998 |
Hours before a jury was to begin deliberations, the tobacco industry agreed Friday to pay $6.6 billion to settle a massive lawsuit filed against it by the state of Minnesota and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. The industry also agreed to a landmark nationwide ban on the much-criticized practice of making payments to movie, television and video producers to feature smoking by actors in their productions.
May 8, 1998 |
A cadre of top tobacco industry lawyers vigorously defended the conduct of their clients, maintaining in Thursday's closing arguments at a high-stakes trial here that the nation's cigarette companies had spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to make their products safer. They also denied that the companies marketed cigarettes to children.
May 7, 1998 |
Over strong defense objections, the judge in Minnesota's massive trial against the tobacco industry here told jurors Wednesday that they essentially could assume the worst from the cigarette companies' destruction of documents and failure to produce certain witnesses for trial. The jury instructions, issued by Ramsey County District Judge Kenneth J. Fitzpatrick, could help the plaintiffs prevail in the case where Minnesota and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Minnesota are seeking $1.
May 5, 1998 |
The tobacco industry has tentatively agreed to pay Minnesota between $5 billion and $6 billion to settle the state's lawsuit--but major stumbling blocks remained, sources said. Settlement talks between major tobacco companies, the state and its partner in the suits, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Minnesota, have intensified in the last two weeks as the case has wound down. Barring a settlement, the case could go to the jury as early as Thursday.
April 30, 1998 |
Tobacco industry lawyers have been meeting with representatives of the Minnesota attorney general's office in an attempt to negotiate a settlement of the state's massive case against the cigarette companies, according to several sources familiar with the talks. However, the sources cautioned that no deal is imminent in the case, which may go to the jury as early as the end of next week. Several sources, including Eric Johnson, chief aide to Minnesota Atty. Gen. Hubert H.