Cornered by Peter Pringle
Big Tobacco At the Bar of Justice

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How the law's "junkyard dogs" forced the biggest liability settlement in U.S. business history and laid bare unprecedented corporate fraud.

It began in New Orleans with the lung-cancer death of a small-time lawyer. It began in Kentucky when a $9-an-hour law clerk stole three boxes of incriminating company documents. It began in Mississippi as an outraged country lawyer discovered the costs of cancer care. And it began in Washington as a pediatrician-turned-agency head decided to end tobacco's 90-year immunity from regulation. Suddenly, an untouchable industry was under siege. And in the vanguard of the attack: a consortium of the nation's toughest liability lawyers led by the best friend of that small-time New Orleans attorney. Three years and 33 million documents later, Big Tobacco had been cornered. Though the $369 billion they have offered to buy peace has been attacked as "too little, too late," it represents a capitulation of monumental proportions.

Cornered is the first full account of this unprecedented battle. Dramatic, funny, enraging, it offers the ultimate proof that you can fight city hall.


About Peter Pringle

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Peter Pringle is the author and coauthor of several books, including the bestselling "Those Are Real Bullets, Aren't They?" He has written for "The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The New Republic," and "The Nation." He lives in New York City with his wife, Eleanor Randolph, a New York Times editorial writer, and their daughter, Victoria.
Published January 15, 1998 by Henry Holt & Company. 52 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Cornered: Big Tobacco at the Bar of Justice, by rights, should have been a great thriller: a tale of good and evil, with whistle-blowers, anonymous threats, boxes hidden in basements, devilish executives, and crusading lawyers.

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