Record-Breaking $206B Settlement: the Highest Personal Injury Compensation in the U.S.!

You read that right: $206 billion was settled in the case against the four largest tobacco companies in the United States in 1998. This case made history as the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement. To this day, it remains the personal injury case with the highest settlement in U.S. history.

The companies Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds, Brown & Williamson, and Lorillard were sued by attorneys from 46 states. The lawsuit sought compensation for the significant financial burden tobacco illnesses placed on the state healthcare system. 

The outcome was a groundbreaking settlement that ended up with these companies not only paying $206 billion to the 46 states over 25 years but also committing to:

  • Cease some of their marketing practices
  • Perpetual financial support for medical costs associated with smoking-related illnesses
  • The creation of the Truth Initiative, an anti-smoking advocacy group. 
  • The dissolution of three tobacco-related organizations: the Tobacco Institute, the Center for Indoor Air Research, and the Council for Tobacco Research.

This case represented a pivotal moment for the tobacco industry, as it limited their ability to freely promote their products, particularly among young individuals. The impact of this settlement is immeasurable and believed to have prevented countless respiratory illnesses and cancers. The legacy of this case continues to shape public health efforts and stands as a testament to the power of justice. 

To learn more about Personal Injury and the services we offer if you have a claim, make sure to check our website.

Stay up to date with our news, subscribe to our newsletter here


Five Tips to Recover from a Car Accident

Five Tips to Recover from a Car Accident

Car accidents are among the most common causes of personal injury in the United States. Physical and emotional recovery may take some time if you have been involved in a car accident. However, there...

read more