Tort reform counter-attack in Louisiana: Reform advocates have had good run

Corporate Legal Times
Wednesday, November 1, 2000

[A]ccording to a report released by the Washington, D.C.-based group Public Citizen and the lesser known Center for Justice & Democracy in New York, Louisiana CALA, like the entire national network of CALAs, is a well-orchestrated national movement that receives significant corporate funding.
"Louisiana," says Joanne Doroshow, executive director of the Center for Justice & Democracy and one of the authors of the report, "stood out as a state where tobacco money was paid directly to these groups, as opposed to the more common practice of funneling the money through Covington & Burling."
Much of the documentation for the booklet, "The CALA Files," comes from material that became available as a result of state tobacco litigation. In one memo, a Philip Morris vice president takes credit for helping organize Louisiana CALA, which he calls "the coalition Philip Morris helped organize."
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