FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CRM
TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 1998 (202) 514-2008
TDD (202) 514-1888
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT REACHES AGREEMENT WITH LIGGETT & MYERS FOR COOPERATION IN TOBACCO PROBE
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Justice today announced that it has reached an agreement with a major tobacco cigarette manufacturer, New York City-based Liggett Group Inc., and its subsidiary, Liggett & Myers Inc., of Durham, NC, in which Liggett agrees to cooperate fully with the Department in its criminal investigation of the tobacco industry.
The Department's agreement with Liggett contains no grant of immunity from prosecution.
According to this agreement, Liggett agrees, among other things, to provide truthful, complete, and accurate information about:
industry knowledge of the health consequences of smoking cigarettes and the addictive nature of nicotine;
the targeting of children and adolescents by the industry;
the manipulation of nicotine by the industry;
control of research by the Council for Tobacco Research ("CTR"), including special projects conducted under the auspices of the CTR; and
lawyer involvement in directing research or crafting false or misleading statements by any of the tobacco companies to the Congress, the Food & Drug Administration, and American consumers concerning the above.
Liggett has also agreed to actively assist the Department's efforts to obtain relevant evidence, including evidence of crimes and fraud contained in documents over which the other tobacco companies continue to assert attorney-client and attorney work product privileges.
The Department's criminal investigation into the practices of the tobacco industry is continuing.