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Florida / Tobacco Trial / Rj Reynolds / A Deal #172917

ABC Evening News for Monday, Apr 07, 1997
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Jacksonville, Florida: Aaron Brown) The tobacco lawsuit in Florida against RJ Reynolds for the death of smoker Jean Connor that has gone to trial featured; scenes shown from the courtroom. [Plaintiff's attorneys Norwood WILNER, Ronald MOTLEY - says the tobacco industry has been acting without a conscience.] The weakening of tobacco companies because of the release and leaking of documents noted. [Industry analyst Mary ARONSON - cites the negative publicity over the last three years.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The possibility of a deal between the tobacco industry and the government examined; details given of the tobacco negotiations that would affect liability and advertising and the problems in reaching such an agreement. [Massachusetts attorney general Scott HARSHBARGER, Representative Martin MEEHAN - talk about the prospects of settling the tobacco wars through a deal.]

Brown, Aaron;
Jennings, Peter

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