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DIRTY BUSINESS - Big Tobacco at the Bar of Justice

This is the inside story of a legal battle on a gigantic scale, the last round in the 40-year struggle to hold the American tobacco companies to account for the damage cigarettes have caused to the public's health. At the outset, the precedents were not encouraging-despite 813 claims against them, the companies had never paid out a penny in damagesThe hired the finest law firms, played all the dirty legal tricks, and simple outspent their challengers. As one of the tobacco lawyers put it, the companies had so much moenty to spend that they could always ensure that 'the other son-of-a-bitch spent all of his'.

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