Dr Yogi Hendlin joins for Centre for Critical Thought from Erasmus University Rotterdam for our November research seminar.
He will be presenting his research on: What can Climate Litigation learn from Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement? Abstract: The 1998 US Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) involving $246 billion in payments from the major US tobacco companies to the 50 states over 25 years to compensate for tobacco-related costs to state public medical insurance, is the largest financial reckoning ever of an industry to the public.
The process, reasoning, and debates surrounding the tobacco MSA offer a model for holding the fossil fuel industries accountable for their role in denying, covering-up, and lobbying against climate change policy, even as their internal records show they have been well aware of the consequences since at least the 1970s.
Date: 3 November