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The Resource Cornered : big tobacco at the bar of justice, Peter Pringle

Cornered : big tobacco at the bar of justice, Peter Pringle

Label
Cornered : big tobacco at the bar of justice
Title
Cornered
Title remainder
big tobacco at the bar of justice
Statement of responsibility
Peter Pringle
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In New Orleans, the widow of an attorney who died of lung cancer vowed to avenge his death by suing the tobacco companies. In Clarksdale, Mississippi, an outraged country lawyer discovered the cost of lung cancer care as his secretary's mother lay dying. In Washington, D.C., a young pediatrician became the first FDA administrator in ninety years to decide nicotine should be regulated as a drug. All three were warned: Don't mess with Big Tobacco. Then a $9-an-hour law clerk in Louisville, Kentucky, stole thousands of incriminating tobacco company documents. Suddenly, an untouchable industry was under siege. In the vanguard of the attack were the nation's toughest liability lawyers. Thirty-nine states would ultimately join the battle, seeking billions of Medicaid dollars spent on tobacco-related diseases. The costliest civil litigation in history had begun. The $50 billion tobacco industry had finally met its match. Motivated as much by anger as by greed, liability lawyers with noms de guerre like "the Asbestos Avenger" and "the Master of Disaster" outflanked and outsmarted the once invincible legal armies of Big Tobacco. In 1994, sixty of these lawyers came together, pooling their talents, their time, and their war chests to launch a ferocious nationwide assault. At the same time, they provided the legal muscle behind the state suits. Three years later, they had forced the industry to the negotiating table. The result is a $368 billion deal that will eventually change the way Big Tobacco does business. Cornered is the first full account of this unprecedented legal battle. It uses confidential memos to explain how the companies avoided government regulation and legal redress for so many years. It moves from the early skirmishes in rural Mississippi to strategy sessions in the back rooms of New Orleans restaurants, from a warehouse in England stuffed with 9 million company documents to the corridors of power in the nation's capital. It follows the whistle-blowers who laid bare the evidence that made the litigation possible, and it winds through the offices of the state attorneys general whose Medicaid lawsuits lent a halo of respectability to the "junkyard dogs" of liability law
Cataloging source
DLC
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Pringle, Peter
Dewey number
346.7303/8
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
KF226
LC item number
.P75 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Trials (Products liability)
  • Products liability
  • Cigarette industry
  • Procès (Responsabilité du fait des produits)
  • Responsabilité du fait des produits
  • Cigarettes
  • Cigarette industry
  • Products liability
  • Trials (Products liability)
  • United States
Label
Cornered : big tobacco at the bar of justice, Peter Pringle
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A Marian Wood book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-333) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm37935285
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xii, 352 pages, [8] pages of plates
Isbn
9780805042924
Lccn
97047008
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o37935285
  • (OCoLC)37935285
Label
Cornered : big tobacco at the bar of justice, Peter Pringle
Publication
Note
"A Marian Wood book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-333) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm37935285
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xii, 352 pages, [8] pages of plates
Isbn
9780805042924
Lccn
97047008
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o37935285
  • (OCoLC)37935285

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