Landmark Tobacco Litigation

Biggest Settlement in New Jersey History — $7.6 Billion*







Law firm partners Harrison and Michael Gordon, played a key role in the state of New Jersey securing the largest settlement of any claim in New Jersey history.  The $7.6 billion* will be paid by the tobacco industry to help compensate the state of New Jersey for past Medicaid expenses caused by tobacco-related illnesses. The lawsuit also achieved the public health goals of eliminating the use of cartoon characters for child targeting by the tobacco companies and limiting billboard advertisements, sports advertisements, and merchandising of products such as Joe Camel.

*Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.







In the spring of 1996, Governor Christie Whitman invited firms to compete against landmark tobacco litigation and handle the precedent setting litigation. Numerous attorneys and firms within New Jersey and the United States had applied and after a thorough screening process, Michael Gordon and Harrison J. Gordon were selected to be a significant part of the legal team.  They were hired in June 1996 to represent the state of New Jersey against the tobacco industry. Up until that time, no litigation was successful in collecting any money or achieving any public health protection from the tobacco companies.  The firm played a key role in insuring the State of New Jersey received its $7.6 billion* record setting settlement.

*Result may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.