It appears only Reuters thought this hearing important enough to cover. Perhaps they’ve all given up; or, considering the briar patch of complications, probable appeals and likely delays discussed at the hearing, perhaps they feel that by the time anything actually happens in real life due to this trial, their grandchildren will be covering it […]
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Bad Acts: The Racketeering Case Against the Tobacco Industry by Sharon Y. Eubanks, Stanton A. GlantzFriday, June 29th, 2012
The link is here: Bad Acts: The Racketeering Case Against the Tobacco Industry [Paperback] by Sharon Y. Eubanks, Stanton A. Glantz
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 […]
On Sept. 21, 2011, oral argument was held in the United States District Court in Washington on RJR, et.al.’s request for a preliminary injunction against the FDA’s Final Rule, which mandated graphic warning labels. The FDA had been given the power to change the labels by the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act […]
On Sept. 22, 2009, 9 judges of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit turned down Defendants’ request for a rehearing of their appeal before all the judges of the Court. There’s only one option left for tobacco defendants now: the US Supreme Court.
The PDF is here.
Full text of the order:
I’ll have to post a precis of the argument in chunks. For now, I’ll try to quickly recap some of the industry’s position, as expressed by Michael Carvin in the first 1/2 hour of argument. This is by no means a complete recap of the issues. Yet, the wire services just don’t have room for […]
Imagine you’re in a strange, rough country. You see a boy being beaten unmercifully in the street by an older boy who is shouting, “Thief! Cheat! Liar!”
Thank goodness, you see 3 cops come to break it up. But the cops take the older boy’s word, and start hitting the child too, yelling, “You thief! […]
This week Richard H. Carmona told a Congressional panel that when he was Surgeon General, the Bush administration repeatedly watered down or suppressed his public health efforts, including those on tobacco and secondhand smoke.
Dr. Carmona served as Surgeon General from 2002 to 2006. During that time he was invited to testify in the DoJ tobacco […]
Followers of this blog have undoubtedly read Carol Leonnig’s Washington Post Page One story about lead prosecutor Sharon Eubanks’ allegations of political interference in the latter days of the tobacco trial.
However, the NPR audio interview by John Ydstie with Eubanks has several noteworthy segments which should be written down for posterity:
1. When asked if Gonzales […]
An article in today’s Washingon Post provides a fuller and more detailed picture of the Bush administration’s political interference in the trial. Sharon Eubanks, the leader of the Justice team, provides new details on what happened and who did what.
The evidence that the Bush administration political interference, via political appointee, Robert D. McCollum, had forced […]
From Judge Kessler’s Memo on Order #1028, issued March 16, 2007:
In sum, the Court concludes that the provisions in the Remedial Order prohibiting the use of express or implied health messages or descriptors in Section II. A. 4. do apply to actions of the Defendants taken outside the United States. To rule otherwise would not […]