Posts tagged: Lawsuits

Legal move on Frankston smoking ban

Tweet A FRANKSTON trader is urging other angry shop owners to join him in a legal class action against Frankston Council over its smoking ban – which has become permanent in the trial zone and may be greatly extended. Glen Cooper, of Cooper’s Patisserie in Shannon Street Mall, told the Weekly that he and neighbouring coffee shop and juice bar proprietors have suffered substantial loss of trade since the council introduced its smoke-fr ... Jump to full article >>

Ohio Supreme Court to weigh ban on smoking

Tweet COLUMBUS — The question of whether smokers can light up in bars, restaurants, and other public places has worked its way up to Ohio’s highest court. The Supreme Court Wednesday agreed to hear an appeal of November’s 10th District Court of Appeals ruling that upheld enforcement of the voter-approved ban on indoor public smoking against a challenge brought by a Columbus bar that had racked up $30,000 in fines for repeat viol ... Jump to full article >>

Philip Morris USA Sues Websites and Retailers Selling Counterfeit Cigarettes to California Consumers

Tweet Philip Morris USA (PM USA) filed lawsuits yesterday against seven China-based online retailers for selling versions of the company’s Marlboro® brand cigarettes to California consumers — the first time a U.S. company has sued a China-based website for selling cigarettes to American consumers. PM USA also filed suit against eight retailers who recently sold counterfeit versions of the company’s Marlboro® brand cigarettes t ... Jump to full article >>

Big Tobacco in the dock

Tweet A meaningful ruling came out yesterday in a lawsuit filed by a group of smokers against Korea Tomorrow & Global (formerly Korea Tobacco & Ginseng), which manufactures and sells tobacco products. The Seoul High Court ruled that there was considerable correlation between smoking and lung cancer. It added that the plaintiffs had been smoking for a long period of time and suffered lung cancer, acknowledging the epidemiological releva ... Jump to full article >>

12 Years On, Tobacco Suit Due in Court

Tweet A big tobacco case is set to start on Monday in St. Louis involving dozens of local hospitals, the nation’s biggest tobacco companies and 12 years’ worth of filings that fill 43 boxes in the city’s towering limestone courthouse. But it has attracted little of the intense interest that once surrounded lawsuits against major cigarette producers — a sign, specialists say, that a tumultuous period of tobacco litigation is winding down a ... Jump to full article >>

Big tobacco case reinstated in Minnesota

Tweet We have closely followed the recent outbreak of Florida suits claiming injuries from smoking, but today we turn our attention to tobacco-litigation news coming out of the Land of 10,000 Lakes. The Minnesota Court of Appeals yesterday gave a green light to a suit claiming that Philip Morris misled smokers by marketing low-tar cigarettes as a healthier form of tobacco. The court also authorized the suit to proceed as a class action, on behal ... Jump to full article >>

Cigarette Importer Sues Customs Officers For RM15 Million

Tweet A director of a cigarette importing company has filed a suit for RM15 million against four customs officers and the government for sealing 23,347 cartons of clove cigarettes which belonged to him at Port Klang and Padang Besar, Perlis. Roslan Abu Bakar, 46, filed the suit through the legal firm of Messrs J.R. Ravendran & Assoc. at the Shah Alam High Court last Nov 26. Copies of the statement of claim were distributed to the media Monda ... Jump to full article >>

Provinces Lose Bid to Set Deadline for JTI Tobacco Health Suits

Tweet Nov. 3 (Bloomberg) — A deadline for lawsuits seeking to recoup smokers’ health-care costs from a Japan Tobacco Inc. unit that had been sought by British Columbia, Ontario and New Brunswick was rejected by a judge for coming prematurely. The Canadian provinces want their claims for treating people with smoking-related illnesses included among those of creditors for Japan Tobacco’s insolvent JTI-MacDonald unit. The provinces said th ... Jump to full article >>

Scruggs case goes to Texas judge

Tweet OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge in Texas has been assigned to preside over an Alabama attorney’s lawsuit that alleges imprisoned attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs and several others conspired to defraud him of millions in legal fees. On Friday, 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Edith H. Jones ordered William Roberts Wilson Jr.’s case reassigned to U.S. District Judge David Hittner in Houston, T ... Jump to full article >>

Philip Morris may have to fund tests for smokers

Tweet The state’s high court said yesterday that cigarette maker Philip Morris USA may have to pay for diagnostic chest exams so smokers can get early warning they have developed lung cancer, possibly opening a new front in tobacco liability lawsuits. In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Judicial Court said Massachusetts law has an antiquated definition of negligence. Historically, plaintiffs had to show explicit injury, such as a broken leg, bef ... Jump to full article >>