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Florida / Tobacco Lawsuit / Penalty Phase #193297

ABC Evening News for Friday, Jul 14, 2000
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Miami: Ron Claiborne) The jury's 145 billion dollar penalty in the Florida lawsuit against the tobacco industry examined; penalties by company outlined. [Judge Robert KAYE - reads the figure.] [Philip Morris attorney Dan WEBB - says paying the penalty would put the companies out of business.] [Plaintiffs' attorney Stanley ROSENBLATT - rails against the industry.] [Smoker/throat cancer victim Steve SANO - says cigarettes did this to me.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(New York: Aaron Brown) The tobacco industry's plans to appeal the verdict examined. [Tobacco analyst Martin FELDMAN - says the industry believes it appeal is valid.] [Civil Warriors author Dan ZEGART - says the industry lost four verdicts in the last 18 months.] [Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Matt MEYERS - says there will be new negotiations.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Today's slight drop in tobacco stocks cited.

Brown, Aaron;
Claiborne, Ron;
Jennings, Peter

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