U.S. Asks Judge to Force Tobacco Giant to Produce Memo

Albanese, Elizabeth
January 2005
Bond Buyer;1/6/2005, Vol. 351 Issue 32044, p28
Trade Publication
The article reports that the U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday filed a request with U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler asking her to force British American Tobacco Co. Ltd. to produce the so-called 'Foyle Memorandum,' an alleged blueprint for destroying documents that prove the company hid health risks associated with tobacco consumption from the public. The government is seeking disgorgement of the companies' profits between 1954 and 2001--a total amount worth $279 billion. Lawyers for the Justice Department say that the memorandum is crucial to prove their arguments that the industry deliberately suppressed known facts about health risks associated with tobacco consumption.


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