Archive for October, 2005

Defense Introduces Schwab Ruling on “Lights”

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005

Some difficult issues were raised in late September when the Defense filed a praecipe directing Judge Kessler’s attention to a recent decision in a Brooklyn Federal courthouse.
The little-noted Schwab case, filed May 11, 2004 before Judge Jack B. Weinstein*, has many similarities to the DOJ case.
1. A civil RICO action, it was […]

Mr. Redgrave’s Gravity

Sunday, October 9th, 2005

In two filings, Defense has announced 1) the departure of RJR/Jones Day lawyer Jonathan Redgrave, and 2) the transfer of his position as liaison counsel to the equally affable Tom Frederick of Philip Morris.
Mr. Redgrave was an interesting participant in the proceedings. I always thought of him as the Defense’s social director, working to […]

Defense on Guintos Motion: “Enough is Enough”

Sunday, October 9th, 2005

On October 6, beginning with the sentence “Enough is enough,” Defense filed an 10-page opposition to the Guinto motion to intervene. You wouldn’t have thought the Guinto motion needed such a strict, 10-page legal rebuttal, but this Defense is not in the habit of leaving a single t uncrossed or i undotted.
Within the opposition is […]

Drug Intervention Classes

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

Hard on the down-at-the-heels filing by the unfortunate Guinto family, New York City’s Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment (C.L.A.S.H.) has also filed an intervenors’ brief, of sorts.
C.L.A.S.H. head Audrey Silk has sent a letter to Judge Kessler arguing that since Health Groups claimed DOJ didn’t represent their interests, and have been allowed to intervene,and […]