Judge Gladys Kessler's scorn for the tobacco industry was evident in last week's 1,742-page opinion, which found cigarette makers and trade groups had conspired to hide the truth about smoking's health effects for more than 50 years. She also focused her wrath on in-house counsel and outside law firms, which she said directed research in favor of the industry, destroyed documents and "took shelter behind baseless assertions of attorney client privilege." Her opinion singled out three firms in particular.
D.C. Federal Judge Slams Lawyers for Role in Hiding Tobacco Risks
August 22, 2006
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