March 14, 2012

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

Bad Acts: New book describes the behind-the-scenes story of the DOJ RICO suit against Big Tobacco

Sharon Eubanks, the lawyer who led the Department of Justice team that won the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization Act case against the tobacco industry, and I are publishing a book,. Bad Acts, that tells the behind-the scenes story of the case.

Here is a description of the book:

On January 20, 1999, President Bill Clinton announced in his State of the Union address that the Justice Department was planning to sue the tobacco industry and assigned the task to Attorney General Jane Reno and the Justice Department. This book is the story of that case - the politics, the litigation, the behavior of the industry and its lawyers, the efforts by the Bush Administration to gut the case, and the ultimate victory in court.

Bad Acts tells the story, not yet fully revealed, of what was happening behind the scenes at the Department of Justice as the case approached victory, when the Bush Administration intervened, with some success, to protect Big Tobacco. The book examines the political influences and interferences of and by Clinton Democrats and George W. Bush Republicans. It is a candid behind-the-scenes account of how the case was put together, how the industry attempted to halt the case, and how it ultimately was won by the Justice Department.

This book is currently in production, all orders will ship in mid-May, 2012.  The price is $28.50 ($19.95 for APHA members).

Order it here.



The book brags a scandalous plot, and being inspired by true events, it will reveal the complex mechanism of political games, Big Tobacco attempts to protect itself and the inisting efforts of the Department of Justice.";Removals


Dr. Glantz,
Ms. Eubanks' and your book are found on internet as listed as Bad Acts and/or Continuing Bad Acts. The reason please?, are they the same book?
Thank you,
Robert Conant


The original title of the book was "Continuing Bad Acts," a legal term from the RICO law.  Several people thought that was too technical and suggested shortening the title to "Bad Acts" and adding the subtitle, which we did.


You know, if the Supreme Court has ruled that corporations are "persons" and are thus allowed to give unlimited campaign contributions via PACs; then shouldn't it also follow that corporations found guilty of crimes such as racketeering should be treated as "persons" and those corporate officials involved in the racketeering be subject to fines and/or imprisonment?
Sadly, my own state representative and state senator see nothing incongruent in their self-proclaimed "pro-life" stance while also accepting campaign contributions from Altria and ReynoldsAmerican.  Telling them they're taking money from federally adjudicated racketeers did not persuade them to return the money or donate it to a charity.
Have already pre-ordered a signed copy through ANR.  Anxiously waiting to read it.


The book Sharon Eubanks and I wrote on  the back story of the DOJ Racketeering case against Philip Morris and the other major cigarette companies, is now shipping. 
You can order it directly from target="_blank";APHA (members get a discount), target="_blank"; Amazon, or a signed copy from target="_blank"; Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights (the price is higher; it is a fundraiser for them).

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