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Falise refers to the lawsuit brought by Robert A. Falise, Chairman and Managing Trustee of the Mansville Personal Injury Settlement Trust, against the American Tobacco Company, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, British American Tobacco Industries, PLC, Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation, Philip Morris Incorporated, Liggett Group, Inc., and Lorillard Tobacco Company.
Mansville was an asbestos manufacturer.
The complaint requested that the tobacco companies reimburse the Trust for sums paid to Trust beneficiaries whose asbestos disease was caused in whole or in part by the smoking-related illness which the tobacco companies caused. The amount sought ran into the billions of dollars.
The complaint charged that the tobacco company defendants conspired to withhold information from the public concerning the health dangers associated with smoking and that there was a clear, scientifically established link between smoking and the enhanced risk of lung disease in persons who are occupationally exposed to asbestos.