Lieff Cabraser Nashville partner Kenneth S. Byrd recently spoke with Sharyl Attkisson of Full Measure in an in-depth cover story about the forgotten legacy of the big tobacco lawsuit settlement, “the one that came after the nation’s cigarette makers got caught red handed in a decades-long cover-up of their products’ risks and addictive qualities.” However, that staggering settlement did not directly benefit individuals injured by the tobacco companies’ conduct and deceptions. As the report explains, many of those injured smokers and their families are now waging a quiet war on a lengthy case-by-case basis.
Watch the Full Measure report, “Tobacco War.”
About Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson
Full Measure is a weekly Sunday news program that focuses on investigative, original and accountability reporting. Hosted by five-time Emmy Award winner Sharyl Attkisson (recipient of the Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting), the program team includes several other award-winning journalists and is broadcast to over 40 million households. Each week, Full Measure presents a cover story exploring “untouchable” topics in a fearless way including: immigration, terrorism, government waste, national security and whistleblower reports on government and corporate abuse and misdeeds.
Lieff Cabraser’s Work on Behalf of Injured Smokers and Their Families
Lieff Cabraser represents Florida smokers, and the spouses and families of loved ones who died, in litigation against the tobacco companies for their 50-year conspiracy to conceal the hazards of smoking and the addictive nature of cigarettes. In 2015, a settlement was reached on behalf of more than 400 Florida smoker lawsuits against the major cigarette companies Philip Morris USA Inc., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, and Lorillard Tobacco Company. As a part of the settlement, the companies will collectively pay $100 million to injured smokers or their families. Lieff Cabraser attorneys also tried over 20 cases in Florida federal court against the tobacco industry on behalf of individual smokers or their estates, and with co-counsel obtained over $105 million in judgments for our clients.