Citizens for Clean Air and Clean Lungs

Minnesota Lawyer Aids Justice Department Lawsuit

Michael Ciresi, the lead lawyer in Minnesota's lawsuit against the tobacco industry, is assisting the Justice Department in the preparation of its case against the industry.

"By hiring Ciresi, Justice definitely wanted to send a message... He's a 'take no prisoners' kind of guy," said an anti-smoking advocate, who indicated that Ciresi's hiring is a sign that the Justice Department doesn't want a quick settlement.

One tobacco industry lawyer commented, "I never want to be in the same room with him again."

Ciresi's contract with the Justice Department ends in June and he said his firm will not extend the agreement if he decides to run for the Senate. He said he plans to decide by the end of May.

Source: Reuters, (5/25/99) "FEATURE-Feared trial lawyer aids Justice in tobacco case", Gail Appleson, Law Correspondent
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