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Assuming the risk : the mavericks, the lawyers, and the whistle-blowers who beat big tobacco

Author: Michael Orey
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, and Co., ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Michael Orey recounts the unprecedented defeat of big tobacco. In 1985, Nathan Horton, a building contractor in rural Mississippi, developed a chronic ache in his left shoulder. A year and a half later, he was dead from lung cancer. In his final, painful months, Horton had filed suit against the manufacturer of the cigarettes he had smoked for more than thirty years. Horton, who was black, found a most unlikely  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Trials, litigation, etc
Named Person: Nathan Henry Horton; Nathan Henry Horton; Nathan Henry Horton
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Orey
ISBN: 0316664898 9780316664899
OCLC Number: 40862169
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 385 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: A Toe in Tobacco --
"Things Up My Sleeve" --
Mississippi First --
Epilogue
Other Titles: Mavericks, the lawyers, and the whistle-blowers who beat big tobacco
Responsibility: Michael Orey.

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"Michael Orey recounts the unprecedented defeat of big tobacco. In 1985, Nathan Horton, a building contractor in rural Mississippi, developed a chronic ache in his left shoulder. A year and a half later, he was dead from lung cancer. In his final, painful months, Horton had filed suit against the manufacturer of the cigarettes he had smoked for more than thirty years. Horton, who was black, found a most unlikely lawyer to pursue his cause with near-religious zeal: Don Barrett, an arch-segregationist in his youth and an unapologetic defender of the Old South. When he took up his dying neighbor's case, Barrett knew full well that no tobacco company had ever paid a cent to anyone who claimed that smoking had harmed their health." "The individuals joining forces in Mississippi included a washed-up actor-turned-paralegal who copied thousands of pages of internal company documents; a Gulf Coast lawyer whose almost accidental foray into asbestos litigation had made him a multimillionaire; and the state's maverick attorney general, who authorized a pioneering suit against the tobacco industry to make it pay for the health care costs of smoking." "In detail, journalist Michael Orey tells how these people came together and did what no one else before them had: defeat the tobacco industry."--Jacket.

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