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Missouri hospitals lose lawsuit against U.S. tobacco companies

Tweet The amounts were for destitute and non-paying patients whom medical ethics mandate hospital to treat regardless of their ability to pay. Missouri hospitals lost in a lawsuit against U.S. tobacco firms after a St. Louis jury declared that the cigarette companies are not liable for money spent on people with smoking-related ailments on Friday. The 40 Missouri hospitals claimed in their 1998 lawsuit that Philip Morris unit of Altria Group, the ... Jump to full article >>

Jury selection begins in tobacco death lawsuit

Tweet WORCESTER — Jury selection began yesterday for the trial arising from a 2001 wrongful death lawsuit brought against tobacco company Philip Morris Inc. by a former Douglas woman whose husband died of lung cancer eleven years ago. The Worcester Superior Court trial stemming from a civil suit filed by Brenda L. Haglund over the death of her 51-year-old husband, Stephen C. Haglund, is expected to continue for several weeks. Testimony is expe ... Jump to full article >>

Farmers file lawsuit against True Blend Tobacco for millions

Tweet A group of tobacco farmers has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against True Blend Tobacco Inc. On Friday, lawyers Trung Nguyen and James Zibarras appeared in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Woodstock on behalf of 49 growers who have contracts with True Blend. The lawyers obtained a “Mareva” injunction, which freezes all of the assets of True Blend Tobacco Inc., as well as two of its directors, Victor Osztrovics and ... Jump to full article >>

Dems criticize using tobacco payments for business loans

Tweet HARRISBURG — The governor’s proposed economic development loan fund would count on some money previously used for health care programs to help him to dole out business loans. Of the $2 billion anticipated for the fund, $220 million would come from the annual payments Pennsylvania receives as a result of a 1998 lawsuit settlement with tobacco companies. Gov. Tom Corbett said the new loan program, dubbed the Liberty Loan Fund, wou ... Jump to full article >>

Judge banned from tobacco case

Tweet The High Court has banned a New South Wales judge from presiding over future hearings involving British American Tobacco, on grounds of bias. When Justice Jim Curtis presided over a case involving British American Tobacco (BAT) and Brambles in 2006, he found the tobacco giant had secretly destroyed documents that linked its products to lung cancer. After that finding, British American Tobacco wanted Judge Curtis to disqualify himself from h ... Jump to full article >>

NY attorney general sues websites selling cigarettes

Tweet New York’s attorney general on Thursday said he sued six websites for best selling cigarettes online to New Yorkers, potentially costing the state hundreds of millions of dollars of tax revenue. Websites that sell cigarettes rarely charge taxes and almost always undercut the prices charged in retail stores. New York state has some of the country’s highest cigarette taxes. The state boosted the levy on cigarettes last year to $4. ... Jump to full article >>

CBS accuses Survivor contestant of leaking secrets

Tweet Thanks to a lawsuit that was filed last year by “Survivor” executive producer Mark Burnett, CBS been able to identify Season 19 runner-up Russell Hantz as the alleged culprit who blabbed secrets about the long-running reality competition show. The news was first reported by The Daily Beast, which points out that Hantz may now have to pay “liquidated damages” to producers of $5 million for breaching the non-disclosure ... Jump to full article >>

Lawsuit Over Tobacco Warehouse Seeks Redress

Tweet BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — When a high-powered law firm offers its talent pro bono for a legal action, there’s usually a respectable point of law involved. This appears to be the case in a lawsuit brought in state and federal court by the joint efforts of the Brooklyn Heights Association, the New York Landmarks Conservancy and the Fulton Ferry Landing Association. “If they could do this with the Tobacco Warehouse, then they could do it anywhe ... Jump to full article >>

Tobacco trial continues despite storm

Tweet A standing-room-only crowd in the gallery — and more than two dozen jurors and alternates spilling from the jury box — packed a courtroom here Monday to hear opening statements in a trial that pits regional and local medical providers against Big Tobacco. Everything about the case is large: Big dollars: The plaintiffs had sought $1 billion for the cost of treating diseases of smokers, although the demand is down to less than $500 mill ... Jump to full article >>

E-Cigarette Industry Wins Federal Court Victory

Tweet The fledgling electronic-cigarette industry scored another victory against the Food and Drug Administration in federal court Monday, potentially setting the stage for the battery-powered devices to be regulated like conventional tobacco products. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected the FDA’s request to have the entire court review a December decision by a three-judge panel that went against the age ... Jump to full article >>