$6.6 Billion in State of Minnesota and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota v. Philip Morris, et al.
May 8, 1998
In May 1998, we reached an historic settlement in the State of Minnesota and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota’s lawsuit against the major cigarette manufacturers after 15 weeks of trial. The case was settled for $6.13 billion on behalf of the State of Minnesota and $469 million on behalf of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. In the words of Law360, “the vanguard firm in the first successful battle with Big Tobacco.” The landmark result in this case led to domino-like settlements between the tobacco industry and 45 other states.
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