Posts tagged: Supreme Court

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 >>

Supreme Court Denies Cigarette Companies And Obama Administration In Tobacco Case

Tweet WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has rejected appeals by the Obama administration and the nation’s largest tobacco companies to get involved in a legal fight about the dangers of cigarette smoking that has stretched more than 10 years. The court’s action, issued without comment Monday, leaves in place court rulings that the tobacco industry illegally concealed the dangers of smoking for decades. But it also prevents the administ ... Jump to full article >>

Elena Kagan Nomination: White House Quietly Micromanaging Every Aspect Of Confirmation Process

Tweet WASHINGTON — The White House is quietly choreographing every aspect of Elena Kagan’s march toward a lifetime term on the Supreme Court. From working to dampen the impact of revelations about her stint in the Clinton White House to going out of their way to trumpet praise from conservative backers, members of President Barack Obama’s team are using every available tool to burnish Kagan’s image. Take the public release of ... Jump to full article >>

Kagan would sit out some big Supreme Court cases

Tweet WASHINGTON — It’s a simple matter of math: Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court has complicated the government’s effort to force the tobacco industry to cough up nearly $300 billion. If confirmed by the Senate as a justice, Kagan would have to sit out high court review of the government’s decade-old racketeering lawsuit against cigarette makers. That’s because she already has taken sides as solicitor ... Jump to full article >>

Senate panel asks Clinton library to turn over documents on Elena Kagan

Tweet The Judiciary Committee asks for letters, memos, e-mails and more, before hearings on the Supreme Court nominee begin June 28. A library official says meeting the deadline would be ‘very difficult.’ The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday set June 28 as the start date for hearings on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, and asked the Clinton presidential library to turn over voluminous documents related to Kagan’s time a ... Jump to full article >>

Manatee smoker is suing tobacco companies

Tweet Jimmy Willis spoke to the jury with an electrolarynx pressed against the hole in his throat to blame two tobacco companies for his cancers. “I would say, ‘Take a look at me,'” said Wills, a 30-year smoker from Bradenton who is frail with illness. “I have cancer. They lied about what it would cause you to get.” Willis is suing tobacco companies for millions because he has cancer he said was caused by smoking. Hi ... Jump to full article >>

Violent video games and kids: Supreme Court to decide whether California can regulate access

Tweet The Supreme Court will decide whether free speech rights are more important than helping parents keep violent material away from children. The justices agreed Monday to consider reinstating California’s ban on the sale or rental of violent video games to minors, a law the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco threw out last year on grounds that it violated minors’ constitutional rights. California Gov. Arnold Schwa ... Jump to full article >>

BANAL: Magic trek

Tweet No longer running for public office this May, Finance Secretary Margarito Teves sounded feisty recently. He challenged some congressmen to a legal duel in the Supreme Court, as he butted for his P13-billion pet project—the “magic” stamp on cigarettes and liquor. The project was an unsolicited proposal from Swiss firm Sicpa Product Security SA to affix the “magic” stamp on local cigarettes. Without much ado, the Department of Finan ... Jump to full article >>

Okla. Supreme Court rules in tobacco dispute

Tweet The state Supreme Court has issued a ruling that would allow the state to collect higher taxes on cigarettes sold by Osage Nation tobacco stores. However, the Oklahoma Tax Commission said Monday that it already has a new deal with the Osage Nation requiring it to pay a tax of 66 cents per pack. The state tax on cigarettes is $1.03, but tribal stores pay lower rates, ranging from 6 cents per pack for those along Oklahoma’s borders to 86 ce ... Jump to full article >>