Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive


Wednesday, September 27, 2000

STATEMENT FROM ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN CORNYN

Regarding Bobby Watson v. The State of Texas:

"I am pleased with this ruling from U.S. District Judge David Folsom because it protects more than $8 billion for Texas taxpayers of the amount the State of Texas received in its settlement with the tobacco industry. In that settlement, individual smokers' claims were not settled and, thus, no monies were received for their claims. The court's ruling recognizes the right of the plaintiffs to pursue their own claims against the tobacco industry in a court of law."

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