never expected much money from Liggett, so it's nice to receive this
payment," Miller says. "It was a huge break-through when Liggett
agreed to turn over key documents and admit that tobacco is addictive
and causes cancer."
Miller said Liggett will make further payments if the company is profitable in the future. About thirty-five states are receiving payments from Liggett, in proportion to their share of Medicaid patients.
When Liggett settled in March 1997 with Iowa and other states suing the tobacco industry, the company agreed to provide extensive internal documents to the states and, as Miller put it, "essentially to turn states' evidence." Liggett President Bennett LeBow has testified in tobacco cases for the states. Miller called the Liggett settlement a turning point.
"It was a huge break-through when Liggett agreed to turn over key documents to the states and admit that tobacco causes cancer and other diseases, that nicotine is addictive, and that the tobacco industry has targeted children in its advertising campaigns," Miller said.