Commentary: Can A Tough Guy Law Deck Big Tobacco?

For years, Big Tobacco has won over juries in negligence lawsuits with a compelling argument: The smoker should have known better. But the federal government's unprecedented lawsuit against the industry could change that. By using a law designed to fight mobsters, the government is trying to make it as hard for the industry to fault the smoker as it was for the Mafia to blame its victims for wearing cement boots.

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