ABC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 20, 1997
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(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) Report introduced.
(New York: Aaron Brown) The settlement by the Liggett Group tobacco company of class action lawsuits in 22 states with its admission that smoking is addictive featured; details given of the admissions by Liggett, including its promise to give sensitive documents to the states. [Liggett owner Bennett LeBOW - makes admission.] [Arizona attorney general Grant WOODS, plaintiffs' attorney Ron MOTLEY - comment on the cigarette companies.] Response from the Philip Morris tobacco company outlined.
(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) Interview held with Motley. [MOTLEY - says the documents will show that major cigarette companies schemed to withhold information; responds to the tobacco companies attempts to keep the documents from the law.]
(Miami: Tim O'Brien) The string of legal setbacks for the tobacco industry reviewed. [Florida Governor Lawton CHILES - calls it "the smoking gun."] [Center for Tobacco Free Kids Matthew MYERS - cites the importance of 1997 for the nation's treatment of the industry.] [Tobacco industry analyst Mary ARONSON - says until now it has been a teflon industry.]
(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) Further coverage on Nightline noted.