A company has settled a $US 1 billion lawsuit accusing it of conspiring to deceive tobacco companies.
The case, filed in New York state Supreme Court, stems from a 1999 lawsuit filed by the state’s Attorney General against Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson for conspiring to make the tobacco industry less effective in helping people quit smoking.
The tobacco companies settled their case, but the Attorney General’s complaint alleges that they also conspired to conceal the extent of the harm caused by the tobacco companies’ efforts to help people quit.
In court documents, the companies said they settled the lawsuit “without admitting or denying the facts alleged by the AG.”
A Pfizer spokesman declined to comment on the settlement.
A Johnson &s Johnson spokesman said the company does not comment on pending litigation.