The owner of a Rochester variety store and two Seabrook tobacco shops is asking a judge to determine whether the presence of cigarette rolling machines in his store classifies his business as a “cigarette manufacturer.”
Category: Tobacco Lawsuits
The vulture mentality of trial lawyers can now use the court system as a legal playground for the purpose of extortion of funds from targeted defendants. Today it is tobacco, tomorrow will be a different target, take your choice. They will use the billions of dollars they get from a tobacco bill to file suits against other industries creating a nightmare in our legal system. That’s their track record and that’s their plan.
Our legal system invites lawyers to act like bullies. For “20/20” tonight, I (John Stossel) report on a class-action lawyer who’s suing his neighbor for smoking in her own apartment. Toxins are “being breathed every day by our 4-year-old,” says Jonathan Selbin of Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein. His frightened neighbor had the apartment manager seal off air ducts between the two apartments, but Mr. Selbin sued anyway, claiming smoke was in the hallway. Mr. Selbin’s neighbor was unusually feisty in going to the media to fight back, at least for a while. But last night, she decided to settle. After all, Mr. Selbin had written her that he had a legal advantage, because he and his wife “are both lawyers, and both litigators, for whom the usual barriers to litigation are minimal.” Right. Mr. Selbin wrote ABC, “I have recovered more than $2 billion in cash for consumers defrauded by companies. I am proud of what I do.” He wouldn’t tell us how much of the $2 billion he kept.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department told a federal judge on Wednesday that cigarette makers should have to pay the legal costs the government has incurred if it prevails in its long-running racketeering case against them. more…