Nathan Horton smoked Pall Malls for 30 years. He filed a law suit on the
claim that cigarettes had been adulterated by the use of fertilizers and
pesticides in excess of the government-approved limits. Horton died of lung
A first trial was held in Lexington, Mississippi. The witnesses were heard,
the jury deliberated for eleven hours, but the judge called a mistrial "for
reasons I do not feel would be advantageous to anyone" to reveal. Rumors about
jury-tampering started to spread with reports that American Tobacco had come
down to Holmes County giving out money.
No tampering charges were proven and two and a half years later the case was
retried in Oxford Mississippi.
This time the jury ruled in favor of Horton, holding that the company had
been "irresponsible" in monitoring the quantities of fertilizer and pesticides
that was used to grow its tobacco. It did not award a penny to Norton's
His attorney, Don Barrett, was almost bankrupted after spending so much on the
case and not getting anything back. Barrett later played a role in cases of
individual smokers suing the industry for Medicaid damages. It is also Barrett
who introduced Wigand to Scruggs.
the criminal probe .
will there be a deal? .
a look at the depositions .
big tobacco - what's at stake .
links & readings .
tapes & transcripts .
frontline online .
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