Tobacco companies protest about federal court ruling on corrective statements

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 06 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6067
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1Montreal

A groundbreaking series of advertisements in which US tobacco companies must admit to deceiving the public about the dangers of smoking will almost certainly be delayed until 2015, after the cigarette makers lodged an appeal against the “corrective statements” mandated by a federal court.1

America’s biggest tobacco companies have spent eight years fighting a landmark ruling by US district judge Gladys Kessler, who found against them in a seven year case brought by the US government in 1999 under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

In that case the US Department of Justice failed in its claim for $280bn (£175bn; €220bn) in damages on the grounds that the act is forward looking and cannot penalize past behavior. But Kessler ordered the tobacco companies to pay …

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