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RJ Reynolds appeals $30 million verdict to Supremes

Tweet R.J. Reynolds is asking the Florida Supreme Court to overturn a $30 million award to the widow of a long-time smoker of Lucky Strikes. The cigarette maker is appealing a December appeals court decision upholding the verdict awarding $30 million – the highest award since the historic Engle decision -to Matilde Martin. The appeal was filed in the Florida Supreme Court today. Martin, whose husband Benny died of lung cancer after smoking for ... Jump to full article >>

Tillery given fresh start on $10 billion tobacco class action

Tweet MOUNT VERNON – Fifth District appeals judges granted Stephen Tillery a fresh start on his $10 billion class action against cigarette maker Philip Morris on Feb. 24. Presiding Judge Melissa Chapman and Justices Bruce Stewart and James Wexstten ruled that a two year limit didn’t run out on Tillery’s petition to reopen the case. Chapman wrote that “we do not believe that the ends of justice would be served if trial cour ... Jump to full article >>

Small Cigarette Packs Invade Bulgarian Market

Tweet The international cigarette maker “Marlboro” will introduce on the Bulgarian market cigarette boxes with 10 pieces each, instead of the common 20. The information is listed in the tobacco products registry of the Finance Ministry. The brands “Red” and “Gold” will cost BGN 2.70 compared to BGN 5.20 for the 20-pack. “Philip Morris Bulgaria” told the daily “Dnevnik” they are generally ... Jump to full article >>

Altria Client Services spent $3.1M in 1st qtr lobbying federal officials for tobacco company

Tweet Altria Client Services Inc., on behalf of the nation’s biggest cigarette maker, spent $3.1 million lobbying the federal government in the first quarter on issues including the budget, tobacco and health care, according to a recent disclosure form. This is less than the $3.6 million the company spent on lobbying a year earlier, but more than the $2.6 million it spent in the fourth quarter of 2009. Other issues Altria lobbied on in Janu ... Jump to full article >>

New products key for tobacco company, CEO says

Tweet The nation’s top cigarette maker is moving quickly to strengthen its business in tobacco products such as snuff and cigars as cigarette volumes erode, the top executive for Altria Group Inc. told shareholders yesterday. “Since the shareholder meeting in May of last year, Altria has continued to transform itself as adult tobacco consumer preferences have evolved,” said Michael E. Szymanczyk, the company’s chairman and ... Jump to full article >>