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LIGGETT GROUP INC. MAKES STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO ABC NEWS PRIMETIME PROGRAM WHICH AIRED FEB. 25, 1993

 DURHAM, N.C., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to the ABC News PrimeTime program which aired on Feb. 25, 1993, Liggett Group Inc. makes the following statement:
 "Liggett's work on the development of a cigarette with a palladium additive was unfairly characterized as a new development' on ABC PrimeTime. It was first reported more than 15 years ago to the scientific community, the government, and in news reports to the public.
 Multiple presentations of this development were made as early as 1977 to the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, the American Health Foundation and the Office of the White House Health Advisor.
 A research paper describing the development was made in October 1978 at the XII International Cancer Congress, a group of 250 medical associations from 100 countries designed to give maximum coverage to oncological activity throughout the world.'
 It was the subject of news stories carried by the New York Times News Service (1978), the Associated Press Wire Service (1978) and newspapers and trade papers throughout the country.
 Perhaps most significant in light of the claims of nondisclosure made by PrimeTime is the full-page article in Forbes Magazine in November 1978, entitled 'The Palladium Perplex,' with a sub-heading that states, Liggett Group has a tobacco breakthrough ....'
 It was also reported in detail in several publicly available patent abstracts beginning in 1977.
 Five years ago, the accusations leveled by PrimeTime and James P. Mold were also presented in the lengthy and well-publicized 1988 Cippolone jury trial in Federal Court. At that five-month trial, the claim against Liggett regarding its development of the palladium cigarette additive, based on the testimony of James P. Mold, was rejected by the court. Significantly, this rejected claim was not appealed by the plaintiff.
 PrimeTime's accusations regarding palladium were also the subject of a Congressional hearing in 1988 and numerous detailed media reports in 1988.
 The undisputed fact that Liggett not only disclosed, but attempted to generate interest in, the palladium additive 15 years ago, completely contradicts PrimeTime's accusation that Liggett purposely refused to market a cigarette with a palladium additive to conceal this development for fear that disclosure of its work would prejudice Liggett in then- pending product liability lawsuits.
 Although Liggett's development of the palladium additive has been reported to the scientific community, appropriate government agencies and the public, Liggett has never received any encouragement with respect to it; in fact, the response has been either indifference or hostility."
 -0- 2/26/93
 /CONTACT: Alan Hilburg, 703-237-7407, for the Liggett Group Inc./


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