Bad Acts: The Racketeering Case Against the Tobacco Industry by Sharon Y. Eubanks, Stanton A. Glantz

June 29, 2012 2:19 pm by Gene Borio

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Bad Acts is a gripping day-by-day chronicle of what may well be the greatest trial ever on corporate wrongdoing. Sharon Eubanks writes in personal, direct terms about the challenges in taking on Big Tobacco and its legions of lawyers. She details the challenges faced as an African-American woman leading a Justice Department trial team; documents the unrelenting interference from a hostile Bush administration; and above all, explains what it was like to face off against the scorched earth tactics of the shameless Big Tobacco attorneys. This is a pull-no-punches, tell-it-like-it-is account from a heroic woman who took on Big Tobacco and its allies and against the odds won. With co-author Stanton Glantz, Sharon Eubanks has delivered a page-turner that will both make your blood boil and remind you that a few determined individuals really can make a difference. –Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen

Drafting the racketeering statute, as I did, only put it on the books. Eubanks tenacity in litigating under it against Big Tobacco, despite the odds against her, made it effective against one of its most egregious offenders. I heartily recommend her story to all shades of readers. She is one of my heroes. –G. Robert Blakey, Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame

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Book Description

Publication Date: May 30, 2012 | ISBN-10: 0875530176 | ISBN-13: 978-0875530178 | Edition: 1

Bad Acts gives the inside story of the battle, not only in court but in politics, to bring Big Tobacco to justice. I know this from first-hand experience. Anyone who cares about what it takes to bring justice to big corporations needs to read this book.

David Kessler, MD, former Commissioner for the United States Food and Drug Administration

On January 20, 1999, President Bill Clinton announced in his State of the Union address that the Justice Department was planning to sue the tobacco industry and assigned the task to Attorney General Janet Reno and the Justice Department. This book is the story of that case - the politics, the litigation, the behavior of the industry and its lawyers, the efforts by the Bush Administration to gut the case, and the ultimate victory in court.

Bad Acts tells the story, not yet fully revealed, of what was happening behind the scenes at the Justice Department as the case approached victory, when the Bush Administration intervened, with some success, to protect Big Tobacco. The book examines the political influences and interferences of and by Clinton Democrats and George W. Bush Republicans. It is a candid behind-the-scenes account of how the case was put together, how the industry attempted to halt the case, and how it ultimately was won by the Justice Department.

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Cigarettes have killed more people than any other consumer product. Here is the story of how a courageous team of lawyers led by Sharon Eubanks stood up to Big Tobacco, and managed to bring them to a modicum of justice. A story of intrigue and legal bullying, this book is well worth the read. –Robert N. Proctor, PhD, author of Golden Holocaust: Origins of the Cigarette Catastrophe and the Case for Abolition

Bad Acts is a gripping day-by-day chronicle of what may well be the greatest trial ever on corporate wrongdoing. Sharon Eubanks writes in personal, direct terms about the challenges in taking on Big Tobacco and its legions of lawyers. She details the challenges faced as an African-American woman leading a Justice Department trial team; documents the unrelenting interference from a hostile Bush administration; and above all, explains what it was like to face off against the scorched earth tactics of the shameless Big Tobacco attorneys. This is a pull-no-punches, tell-it-like-it-is account from a heroic woman who took on Big Tobacco and its allies and against the odds won. With co-author Stanton Glantz, Sharon Eubanks has delivered a page-turner that will both make your blood boil and remind you that a few determined individuals really can make a difference. –Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen

Drafting the racketeering statute, as I did, only put it on the books. Eubanks tenacity in litigating under it against Big Tobacco, despite the odds against her, made it effective against one of its most egregious offenders. I heartily recommend her story to all shades of readers. She is one of my heroes. –G. Robert Blakey, Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame

About the Author

Sharon Y. Eubanks is an attorney with the law firm of Sanford Wittels & Heisler in Washington, DC, where she specializes in civil rights and general public interest cases. She spent 22 years as an attorney in the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice, where she led the team that pursued for six years, including a nine-month trial, the case against the major cigarette manufacturers for violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. Following the trial, she was forced into early retirement by the George W. Bush administration. She lives just outside Washington, DC, in McLean, Virginia, with her husband. She has three daughters, twins who are in college and one who is a recent graduate working on a political campaign.

Stanton A. Glantz is a professor of medicine and an American Legacy Foundation Distinguished Professor in Tobacco Control at the University of California San Francisco. He is the author of eight books and more than 300 scientific publications. He is also a member of the Institute of Medicine. The tobacco industry has unsuccessfully sued the University of California twice in efforts to stop his work. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and near his two grown children, a journalist and a public affairs consultant and lobbyist.

Product Details

Paperback: 275 pages

Publisher: American Public Health Association; 1 edition (May 30, 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0875530176

ISBN-13: 978-0875530178

Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches

Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful

Good news for “Bad Acts” June 18, 2012

By Betty Ann Hansen

Funny,irreverent,deft skewering of big tobacco criminals and their political lackeys in blatant,ongoing RICO cases. A US DoJ team (whose efforts their political overseers tried to confound) was able to win this big case with a little help from 9-11 and a courageous judge and appeals court ! Sell your tobacco stock now!

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful

Surprisingly Readable “Legal Procedural” June 20, 2012

By W. Bilofsky

I bought this out of an interest in the tobacco industry, figuring it would be a slog through the technicalities of a long, complicated legal case, and a contrast to my favorite page-turner mystery novels.

But come to find out, the authors have transformed this subject into an excellent read. And not so different from those mysteries, after all. It’s a well-written legal procedural.

Although I knew “whodunnit” from the start, there were enough surprises along the way to keep it moving, not the least of which was finding Jimmy Choo in the index.

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