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Collusion Charges Open Billion-Dollar Tobacco Trial

A racketeering trial of the tobacco industry begins with government attorneys accusing the tobacco companies of working together for decades to mislead the public about the dangers of smoking. The government is seeking $280 billion in damages. NPR's Libby Lewis reports.

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Libby Lewis
Libby Lewis is an award-winning reporter on the National Desk whose pieces on issues of law, society, criminal justice, the military and social policy can be heard on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Day to Day, Weekend Edition Saturday, and other NPR shows.