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December 15, 1996 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The tobacco industry has mobilized scores of talented law firms to fight an unprecedented siege of mega-lawsuits. But none of tobacco's defenders is as busy, nor relied on as heavily, as this city's Shook, Hardy & Bacon. Shook, Hardy has been defending tobacco companies for nearly 40 years and has been instrumental in preserving the industry's near-perfect courtroom record. In the process, it has become one of the great success stories in U.S.
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December 15, 1996 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The tobacco industry has mobilized scores of talented law firms to fight an unprecedented siege of mega-lawsuits. But none of tobacco's defenders is as busy, nor relied on as heavily, as this city's Shook, Hardy & Bacon. Shook, Hardy has been defending tobacco companies for nearly 40 years and has been instrumental in preserving the industry's near-perfect courtroom record. In the process, it has become one of the great success stories in U.S.
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NEWS
November 15, 2012 | By Rosie Mestel
Prop. 37 may have failed, but litigation against genetically modified ingredients goes on. Here's a new one: Pepperidge Farm has been sued in Colorado for claiming that its Goldfish crackers are “natural” when they contain ingredients derived from genetically engineered  soybeans. The plaintiff, Sonya Bolerjack, wants upward of $5 million in damages. Read an account, plus some industry and lawyer opinions at the website FoodNavigator.com. Also at this food and beverage litigation update provided by the law firm Shook, Hardy & Bacon.
BUSINESS
June 19, 1996 | MYRON LEVIN and HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A consortium of lawyers will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a ruling that barred them from proceeding with an anti-tobacco lawsuit that would have been the largest class-action case in history, an attorney with the group announced Tuesday. Speaking at a tobacco litigation conference in West Palm Beach, Fla.
BUSINESS
August 23, 1996 | From Reuters
Former talk show host Morton Downey Jr., who has contracted lung cancer, is planning to sue the tobacco industry and the Kansas City, Mo., law firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, his lawyer said Thursday. Steven Kramer, Downey's New York City lawyer, told Reuters that the suit will be filed next month in New Jersey, where Downey had lived and his show was produced. "He wants to speak out to stop young people from smoking," Kramer said.
BUSINESS
December 2, 1995 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cigarette maker Lorillard Inc. won a key victory in a wrongful death case Friday when a federal court jury in Chicago rejected a widow's claim that asbestos in the original filter of Kent cigarettes caused her husband's fatal cancer. Capping a nearly four-week trial, jurors found Lorillard and a co-defendant not liable for the death of Norman Braun from mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer whose only significant known cause is asbestos exposure.
NEWS
February 10, 1999 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The tobacco industry suffered a legal defeat late Tuesday when a San Francisco jury found Philip Morris liable for the lung cancer of a longtime smoker and awarded her $1.5 million in compensatory damages, an amount that may rise when deliberations resume today on her request for punitive damages. Tobacco companies have settled a number of major cases, but the verdict for Patricia Henley, 52, of Los Angeles is the first victory for a plaintiff in a California smoking and health case.
BUSINESS
May 10, 1997 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
A Minnesota state court judge said Friday that tobacco companies should not be allowed to conceal scientific research that they have touted in advertising campaigns but now want to keep secret. He ordered the companies to turn over thousands of documents within 15 days for an in-chambers review. Judge Kenneth B.
BUSINESS
August 7, 1997 | MYRON LEVIN and HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Faced with disclosure of internal documents they had fought hard to keep secret in a major Florida lawsuit, cigarette makers Wednesday took the unusual preemptive step of releasing the papers themselves, along with an analysis of why they believe the material is not damaging. In an attack on the legal reasoning that led to the disclosure, tobacco companies claimed their poor "political standing" had resulted in a denial of their rights to shield documents under the attorney-client privilege.
NEWS
April 15, 1988 | MYRON LEVIN, Times Staff Writer
An internal memo from a leading tobacco industry law firm warns that R. J. Reynolds' new "smokeless" cigarette may undermine the industry's defense against smoker death claims by accenting the risks of conventional cigarettes. The new cigarette--also touted as more fire-safe than current brands--may also invite regulation and lawsuits stemming from fatal fires, says the memo by a lawyer for a firm that represents two cigarette manufacturers and the Tobacco Institute, the industry lobby group.
NEWS
June 3, 1988 | MYRON LEVIN, Times Staff Writer
Tobacco company lawyers, completing eight hours of closing arguments Thursday in a closely watched cigarette liability trial, told federal court jurors that the companies did not fraudulently misrepresent the risks of smoking and are not responsible for the death of Rose Cipollone, a lung cancer victim whose husband is pressing her lawsuit against the manufacturers of the brands she smoked.
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