CLE: The Minnesota Tobacco Litigation: Taking on Goliath
Mike Ciresi and Roberta Walburn tell the compelling and inspiring story of the Minnesota Tobacco Litigation case.
Date & Time:
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
University of St. Thomas School of Law
Frey Moot Courtroom
Attorneys Mike Ciresi and Roberta Walburn of Ciresi Conlin LLP tell the compelling and inspiring story of the Minnesota Tobacco Litigation case settled in May 1998. Adjunct Professor Matthew Forsgren will serve as moderator during the Q&A portion of the event.
This event is open to all students, alumni and mentors. This event is approved for 2 hours of ethics Continuing Legal Education credit.
About the case
In 1994, the State of Minnesota and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota filed a groundbreaking antitrust and consumer fraud lawsuit in Ramsey County District Court against the entire U.S. tobacco industry. At the time, there had been litigation against the tobacco industry for four decades — and the industry had never lost a case or paid one penny, by way of judgment or settlement, despite selling a product that kills when used as intended and that was the leading cause of preventable death. In May 1998, after four years of litigation and four months of trial, the industry settled on the day the case was to have been submitted to the jury. The terms of the settlement included approximately $7 billion in monetary relief, unprecedented injunctive relief, and worldwide disclosure of more than 35 million pages of the industry’s long-secret internal documents (uncovered in discovery). Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop called the Minnesota tobacco litigation “one of the most significant public health achievements of the second half of the 20th century.”
The lead attorneys for the State and Blue Cross were Michael V. Ciresi and Roberta B. Walburn.