Merrell Williams

Photo of Merrell WilliamsMerrill Williams purloined a treasure trove of secret tobacco industry documents and eventually shared them with the University of California at San Francisco (U.C.S.F.), who put them on the web.

This trove became the ammunition lawyers learned to use as the nineties progressed.

  • January 6, 1988: Merrell Williams begins work for law firm Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs analyzing secret Brown & Williamson tobacco documents.
  • September 29, 1993: Wyatt, Tarant files suit against Merrell Williams over “secret” tobacco papers.