Philip Morris, Others Balk At Government-Proposed Fraud Ads

Law360, Washington (October 15, 2012, 3:41 PM EDT) -- Tobacco giants Philip Morris USA Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. told a Washington federal court Monday that the government's proposed advertisements detailing the companies' past fraudulent cigarette marketing go beyond the scope of court mandates and skew the truth.

In her landmark 2006 ruling, U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler required the tobacco companies to make “corrective statements” that focus on preventing and restraining future fraudulent cigarette advertising. But the companies claim the government's proposals will force them to carry slanted anti-smoking messages that ignore the...
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