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Tobacco company fights order to turn over mystery memorandum

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7454.1456-d (Published 17 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1456
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    British American Tobacco is continuing its two year fight against producing a document that is thought to describe the company's efforts to destroy incriminating records while pretending to preserve them. The so called Foyle memorandum was written in 1990 by Andrew Foyle, a partner in a British law firm representing the tobacco company.

    “The document was quoted in part in court in Australia but has never been made public,” said Richard Daynard, a law professor and chairman of the Tobacco Products Liability Project at Northeastern University in Boston.

    Although British American Tobacco has less than 1% of …

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