The Case Against Big Tobacco

Last year, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas filed a lawsuit against Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., and other big tobacco representatives. The charges included breach of contract, committing fraud against the citizens of New Mexico, conspiracy, and others. The Attorney General’s complaint claimed that the tobacco companies withheld a certain amount of their due payments to the state of New Mexico, which put them in breach of the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (MSA).

Attorney General Balderas didn’t mince words on the matter. In a statement, he said, “it is time to force the tobacco companies to pay New Mexico what they owe for damages–funding much-needed health initiatives.”

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New Mexico Tobacco Injury Cases

Companies throughout the industry have concealed the truth about nicotine addiction, marketing their products to children to get them addicted for life despite the well-known risks. Data shows that, in 2021 alone, healthcare costs related to smoking in New Mexico totaled more than $980 million. This has led to many tobacco-related injuries and illnesses in the state.

In addition to the physical harm caused by tobacco use, financial and emotional costs are associated with these injuries and illnesses. Many people who suffer from tobacco-related injuries and illnesses face significant medical expenses, lost wages, and other financial burdens. They may also experience emotional distress and a diminished quality of life.

We Represent Smokers With Health Conditions

At The Alvarez Law Firm, we help our clients with individual product cases who have suffered from tobacco-related injuries or other negative effects from smoking get restitutions for their pain. If you or someone you know has had these experiences, we implore you to reach out to us for a free, private consultation with our tobacco injury attorneys.

This includes, but is not limited to, the following conditions:

  • Lung Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Laryngeal Voice Box Cancer
  • Tongue or Oral Cavity Cancer
  • Throat Cancer
  • Strokes
  • Heart Disease
  • COPD/Emphysema

Our lawyers are standing by, ready to help clients fight big tobacco companies and get the justice that they deserve. Taking on large and influential tobacco companies in court is not always an easy task. What sets Alvarez Law apart from the rest is that we have a long track record of winning cases against these companies, and we are willing to help you do the same. Those who have been injured as a result of smoking can rely on the attorneys at The Alvarez Law Firm to guide them through the entire litigation process. Victims of corporate greed and fraud no longer have to suffer on their own. We are with you. 

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Alvarez Law Firm Secures $2.5 Million Victory

The Alvarez Law firm recently achieved a significant victory with a $2.5 million verdict in a New Mexico smoking-related disease case. RJ Reynolds was brought to account for their role and responsibility in the case, showcasing our commitment to clients' rights and that we won't back down, no matter how big the opposition.  View the details on Grace V. R.J. Reynolds, et al, here.

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