WASHINGTON (AP) - Government and tobacco industry lawyers meet with a federal judge today concerning corrective statements the Justice Department wants made as part of a 12-year-old lawsuit.
The judge ruled in 2006 that the tobacco industry had concealed the dangers of smoking for decades. If Judge Gladys Kessler approves, the proposed statements by the cigarette makers would become the remedy to ensure the companies don't repeat the violation.
The Justice Department wants the largest cigarette manufacturers to set up and pay for an advertising campaign of self-criticism.
Among other things, The statements would admit deceit about the benefits of low-tar cigarettes and acknowledgments that nicotine was used to "keep customers coming back."
Philip Morris USA, maker of Marlboro, the nation's top-selling cigarette brand, says they are prepared to fight back.