November 8, 2009
Big Tobacco Strikes Back at Historian in Court
He has criticized colleagues who aid companies' legal defense
Linda A. Cicero, Stanford U.
A Stanford University professor who has sought to expose ties between historians and the tobacco industry is being accused in court of having broken the law in challenging the employment of four graduate students at the University of Florida as researchers assisting tobacco companies in litigation.
In motions filed in two Florida state courts last month, tobacco-company lawyers allege that Robert N. Proctor, a professor of the history of science at Stanford, engaged in illegal witness