Archive for January, 2005

MON: Dr. Wigand and The Solicitous Solicitor

Monday, January 31st, 2005

The questioning of ex-B&W scientist Jeffrey Wigand Monday certainly started off amicably enough–which would seem unusual for anybody who has had the misfortune to come under fire from B&W’s David Bernick in the past. But, Dr. Wigand had indeed met Mr. Bernick before. Mr. Bernick had been lead counsel in the 1999 asbestos/tobacco case known […]

NEXT UP AT WHISTLEBLOWER CENTRAL: Schechter, Eriksen 2, Wells, LeBow

Monday, January 31st, 2005

Dr. Wigand has taken some damage, but it’s hard to tell if Mr. Bernick has succeeded in impeaching him to the extent his testimony would be disregarded. DOJ Attorney James Gette is rehabilitating him well.
Mr. Schechter’s testimony, due Tues, will be short, probably half a day.
On Wednesday, Dr. Eriksen will finish his testimony, to be […]

WIGAND on the Hot Seat

Monday, January 31st, 2005

As any viewer of “The Insider” movie may surmise, Jeffrey Wigand has a somewhat tangled and troublesome history. B&W lawyer David Bernick is grilling him on his testimonies in this case, in the Butler case (1995) and in B&W v. Wigand (1996), his networking/job search after his B&W employ, and his financial arrangements with […]

FAMILY BUSINESSES

Monday, January 31st, 2005

If you were to examine the trial proceedings so far you would have a terrible time deciphering what any particular lawyer, witness or judge meant, exactly, when they said, “teens,” “youth,” “addictive,” “smoker,” or even, “Philip Morris.”
As near as I can determine, the executives involved with the slicing and dicing of the company that […]

NEXT UP: Dr. Jeffrey Wigand

Thursday, January 27th, 2005

Testimony of Jeffrey Wigand, Ph.D.
“The Insider” will be cross examined by B&W Attorney David Bernick on Monday.
From the DOJ witness list:
Wigand, Jeffrey Ph.D.
US Fact Witness
Dr. Jeffrey Wigand has an M.S. in biochemistry and a Ph.D. in endocrinology and biochemistry from the University of Buffalo. In 1989 he was recruited by Brown, Williamson to become […]

THU AM: Dr. Eriksen Takes the Stand

Thursday, January 27th, 2005

Dr. Michael Eriksen took the stand this morning, and was examined on his written direct testimony by DOJ lawyer Elizabeth Crocker.
A number of DOJ demonstratives looked at cigarette consumption over the last 100 years and various aspects of youth smoking.
A series of demonstratives dealt with the infeasibility and unethicalness of performing a study that would […]

THU AM: PARRISH on Industry’s EPA Risk Assessment Submissions

Thursday, January 27th, 2005

DOJ lawyer Gregg Schwind this morning showed Steven Parrish, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Altria Group, documents on the industry involvement in EPA submissions in 1990. The documents–especially a Shook Hardy Expense document that was disallowed yesterday– seem to show a close attention (author meetings and calls, revisions and edits) to the submissions […]

WED. PM: NAMES DROPPED WITH A THUD

Thursday, January 27th, 2005

You can’t help but be impressed when Steven Parrish comes striding in to take the witness stand. True, he’s smaller than he appears when he fills your TV screen in some battle of wits with Ted Koppel (”Oh, you’re good!” I remember Mr. Koppel saying–approximately–when he found himself unable to pin Mr. Parrish down).
But […]

WED AM: Webb asks Parrish about Altria, FDA Push

Wednesday, January 26th, 2005

Philip Morris attorney Dan Webb began his cross of Steven Parrish with a delineation of the corporate structure of Altria and its “investment” companies. It’s a relatively complex structure I will talk about in a later piece. But Mr. Webb emphasized the complete separation of companies–officers, offices, financial records, etc.
Then he examined Philip Morris’ — […]

WED AM: Parrinsh Nailed on Industry ETS Scientists

Wednesday, January 26th, 2005

WED AM: Webb asks Parrish on Altria, FDA Push
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Philip Morris attorney Dan Webb began his cross of Steven Parrish with a delineation of the corporate structure of Altria and its “investment” companies. It’s a relatively complex structure I will talk about in a later piece. But Mr. Webb emphasized the complete separation of companies–officers, offices, […]