Court Orders Hard-Hitting Corrective Statements By Tobacco Companies

In our ongoing litigation before the district court that in 2006 found tobacco companies responsible for massive consumer fraud under RICO, the court yesterday issued a comprehensive ruling on the “corrective statements” remedy, pursuant to which the companies must publish statements in newspapers, on TV, and in other media explaining the truth about smoking, addiction and other topics, and explaining that they had previously “deliberately deceived” the public about these matters.  We represent the American Cancer Society, Tobacco-Free Kids, and other groups that intervened in support of this and other remedies, and the court’s ruling today largely adopts the statements our clients initially proposed.  The Court’s ruling is here.