It took four months and three court orders for Philip Morris Cos. to turn over 25 boxes of papers to ABC in the cigarette maker’s libel lawsuit against the network.
The only problem is that all 1 million-odd pages are printed in black on dark red paper; they’re hard to read and impossible to photocopy. Worse, the paper emits a nauseating chemical odor, ABC says.
The network asked a judge Wednesday to sanction Philip Morris for the condition of the documents.
Philip Morris is suing ABC for $10 billion over a TV program which suggested the company spikes its cigarettes with extra nicotine to hook smokers.