Tobacco Cos. Must Admit Deception Over Smoking Hazards

Law360, New York (November 27, 2012, 6:47 PM EST) -- A Washington federal judge on Tuesday ordered tobacco giants to publicly admit and advertise that they conspired to deceptively market cigarettes by downplaying their adverse health effects and addictiveness in the U.S. government's long-standing Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit.

U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler's order finalized the wording that tobacco companies, including Philip Morris USA Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., must use in their commercial messages, specifically on their cigarette boxes, in television or newspaper ads and on their websites admitting to decades...
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