The Tobacco MSA: Centering Health & Equity in Future National Settlements

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

The 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) between the major cigarette manufacturers and 46 states, D.C., and five territories remains the largest legal settlement ever executed in the United States. This panel discussion will flag several takeaways from the MSA that might be of benefit in framing any future national settlement with parties such as JUUL Labs.  Panelists will provide a brief background of the MSA, highlight both its positive outcomes and missed opportunities, and discuss implications for future national settlements with tobacco manufacturers.

This webinar is in the application process to award CLE credit.

- A Complex Achievement: The Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement. A chapter by Joelle Lester and Kerry Cork describing the historical background of the 1998 tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) and assessing its impact.  Looking Back to Move Forward: Resolving Health & Environmental Crises (Environmental Law Institute, 2020).
- Ducharme, Jamie. ‘It’s Insidious’: How Juul Pitched E-Cigs to Native American Tribes. Time. (February 6, 2020).
- Master Settlement Agreement PHLC Webpage
- Roadmap to a National Settlement Agreement: How the Tobacco MSA Helps Frame a Juul Settlement (2021)
- The Canli Coalition of CRST's Story
- Truth Tobacco Industry Documents - UCSF Library

David Dobbins, Truth Initiative
Michael Hering, National Association of Attorneys General
Rae O'Leary, Canli Coalition
Joelle Lester, Public Health Law Center

Kerry Cork, Public Health Law Center