Posts tagged: Philip Morris

California Supreme Court addresses legal deadlines for tobacco lawsuits

Tweet The court rules that smokers may sue the tobacco industry once they develop a disease like lung cancer, even if they suffered different smoking-related ailments years earlier. Smokers may sue the tobacco industry once they develop a disease like lung cancer, even if they suffered different smoking-related ailments years earlier, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday. The decision is likely to keep lawsuits alive that might ... Jump to full article >>

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 >>

Neb. Lawmakers Mull Collecting Tribal Tobacco Tax Revenue

Tweet LINCOLN, Neb. — A bill that would create a way for Nebraska to collect tobacco tax revenue from Native American tribes advanced Wednesday through a first-round legislative vote. The measure would call for state officials to reach compacts with tribes so they could collect money to comply with a national legal settlement with the four largest U.S. tobacco companies. At stake is $46 million in settlement money for health care expenses. ... Jump to full article >>

Bulgaria to sell stake in state-controlled tobacco company

Tweet Sofia – The Bulgarian privatization agency said Tuesday that it is putting up for sale the country’s remaining stake in cigarette manufacturer Bulgartabak Holding. The government holds 79.83 per cent of Bulgartabak, with the rest already privatized. Prime Minister Boyko Borisov’s cabinet declared the sale of the majority stake one of its priorities for 2011. Over the years, giants Philip Morris, Japan Tobacco and the Kore ... Jump to full article >>

Court Rejects Medical Monitoring Class Action Against PM USA

Tweet RICHMOND, Va. — Philip Morris USA said a federal judge on Monday rejected a request by a group of California plaintiffs seeking class certification in a medical monitoring lawsuit against the tobacco company, saying that there was no reliable way to identify the class members. “This decision is absolutely consistent with existing law and the overwhelming majority of previous decisions denying class certification of smokers’ ... 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 >>

Appeals Court Revives Illinois Class-Action Tobacco Case

Tweet The tobacco case that led to a $10 billion verdict against cigarette maker Altria Group Inc.’s Philip Morris unit in a class-action lawsuit has been reinstated by an Illinois appellate court, a law firm said. The Fifth District Appellate Court of Illinois on Feb. 24 sent the case back to trial court in Madison County, Illinois, for further proceedings, according to a press release sent by Korein Tillery, the law firm that brought the clas ... Jump to full article >>

Philip Morris USA, R. J. Reynolds to Test Smokeless Tobacco Products

Tweet Altria Group Inc.’s Philip Morris USA and U.S. Smokeless Tobacco operating companies are planning to test-market a new type of smokeless tobacco product in Kansas starting in March. The product, called a smokeless tobacco stick, is designed for smokers or snuff tobacco users looking for a spit-free alternative to traditional oral tobacco such as snuff, a company spokesman said Wednesday. Top U.S. cigarette maker Philip Morris USA will ... Jump to full article >>

Jury awards $3 million to Suwannee widow in tobacco suit

Tweet A Suwannee County woman was awarded $3 million by an Alachua County jury Thursday in a lawsuit against two tobacco companies stemming from the death of her husband, a longtime smoker. Anna Louise Huish was awarded $1.5 million against RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co. and another $1.5 million against Philip Morris, said attorney Tom Gustafson of the law firm Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley. The same jury on Tuesday night awarded the ... Jump to full article >>

Fresh assault on anti-smoking laws

Tweet THE tobacco industry has launched a backdoor attack on legislation to make plain packaging of cigarettes compulsory, using a regional free trade agreement to which Australia is expected to become a signatory. Philip Morris has used Australia’s plain-packaging laws, scheduled to come into effect next year, to argue the need for ”investor state” provisions in the upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. This would allow ... Jump to full article >>