US court cannot force tobacco companies to say they are “unscrupulous villains,” claims industry appeal

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 12 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h169
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

A court order requiring four US tobacco companies to issue “corrective statements” about their marketing practices and the health risks of their products illegally forces the companies to “denigrate themselves as unscrupulous villains who deceived the American public,” lawyers representing the companies have argued in documents submitted to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on 7 January.1

The corrective statements were ordered in 2006 by Judge Gladys Kessler after the court found that the companies had for …

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