01/09/1998 AT 12:00 AM EST

Avoidance of the new Al Pacino film "The Insider" (opening today) by a Miami, Fla., judge in instructions to the jury hearing a multibillion dollar tobacco lawsuit against Brown & Williamson Tobacco. The film, about tobacco industry whistle-blower Jeffrey Wigand, who worked at the company, could prejudice the jury, a lawyer in the case argued.

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