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TEXAS TOBACCO SETTLEMENT TABLE OF CONTENTS TITLE PAGEPAGE 1 TABLE OF CONTENTSPAGE2 INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH TOPICPAGE3 REVIEW OF THE LITERATUREPAGE6 CONCLUSIONPAGE20 BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATIONSPAGE22 Introduction How it all Began Dan Morales never thought that he would be involved in the biggest negotiation process of his political career He had to convince a judge that the tobacco industry was in violation of conspiracy and racketeering This entire process for Morales and the state of Texas began in 1996 when as the Attorney General he sued the entire tobacco industry The tobacco industry was renowned for its undefeated record in court battles and doubt about the success of the Texas lawsuit was widespread Now scarcely more than two years later the people of Texas have become the beneficiaries of the largest victory in American legal history But what was Morales thinking when he sued the industry for illegal activities in 1992 He asked several national restaurant chains to voluntarily protect their customers especially children from the dangers posed by second-hand smoke He believed the fast food industry which was spending millions on advertising to entice children into their facilities had a duty to ensure that those facilities were safe When negotiations failed in 1994 the Attorney General filed suit against several fast food chains As a result of his legal actions these chains agreed to impose non-smoking policies in their corporate owned restaurants and encouraged their franchise owners to go smoke free At the same time the Texas Attorney General joined forces with other state attorneys general to explore ways to hold the tobacco industry accountable for the harm it has caused to public health The Texas Attorney General would not stop at this point It was as if he knew that persistence would pay off if he could convince the right people that the tobacco industry was lying about their role in killing off children adults and making life difficult for the
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