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Way Past the 20-pound Test

My criminal law lawyer friends often joke with me about my paper-intensive filings. I've handled a few environmental criminal cases, and inevitably, I file a motion that would pass the 20-pound test (not fish line). But, I've seen a new standard, and I'm in awe.

Sure, I've propounded discovery and delivered discovery responses that have filled a semi-tractor trailer nose to tail, top to bottom. But, I've more than met my match.

Read these lines from the Law.com website:

"Number of court orders issued to date in United States v. Philip Morris Inc., et al.: 509.

Number of pages of documents exchanged in discovery: 40 million.

Potential sum at stake: $289 billion."

To organize it all, there are 30 firms involved. Plus, the plaintiff wants to introduce 75,525 documents at trial. According to defense estimates, if the court only gave each page no more than 30 seconds of consideration, it would take approximately 833 10-hour working days to review the paper just once.

That's the US Department of Justice's case against Big Tobacco, including Philip Morris. Here's just one of those orders, and the Complaint.

Seems like the government wants all of the health costs back it had to pay to people who became ill as a result of smoking. Who knew? Here's a summary of the case.

It may be some time before I reach 40 million pages in all of my cases combined.

Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Wednesday, March 17, 2004 at 23:23 Comments Closed (0) |
 
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