Posts tagged: tobacco company

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 >>

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 >>

Federal judges send 499 tobacco cases to Duval court’s new division

Tweet Over the objections of tobacco company lawyers, federal judges presiding over 3,800 pending tobacco lawsuits in Jacksonville have agreed to the voluntary dismissal of 499 cases that now will be tried in state court in Duval County’s new tobacco division. Tobacco attorneys had called the proposed move “blatant forum-shopping,” but U.S. District Judges Timothy Corrigan and Marcia Morales Howard ruled that the ability to get ... Jump to full article >>

Don’t fault tobacco firm for death

Tweet A BOSTON jury last week ordered Lorillard, the tobacco company, to pay $71 million as compensation — and another $81 million in punitive damages — for the death of lifelong smoker Marie Evans, who died of lung cancer in 2002. Evans’s son William, a Harvard-trained lawyer, claimed that Lorillard had hooked his mother on cigarettes by giving out free samples of Newports in the Boston neighborhood where she lived as a child in the 1950s ... Jump to full article >>

Bloomberg sues Wash. tobacco company over cig taxes

Tweet Mayor Bloomberg’s administration is suing a tobacco company in Washington state, saying it illegally sells and distributes untaxed cigarettes in New York. The suit was filed Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn. It alleges that King Mountain Tobacco Company made numerous shipments of unstamped cigarettes to New York state, a violation of three federal statutes. King Mountain is Indian-owned and is located on the Yakama reservation. The c ... Jump to full article >>

Smokeless tobacco user’s survivors win $5-million settlement

Tweet The manufacturer of Skoal and Copenhagen chewing tobacco has agreed to pay $5 million to the family of a North Carolina man who died of cancer in what is thought to be the first wrongful death settlement in a smokeless tobacco case. It was unclear because of the way the settlement was reached what effect it might have on potential litigation against chewing tobacco manufacturers, an industry segment that has been the target of far fewer li ... Jump to full article >>

Jacksonville tobacco cases clog dockets of courts

Tweet The problem is how to manage 3,800 tobacco cases when each one will take a year to get to trial and another two to three weeks to try. By one Jacksonville lawyer’s estimate, the process will take 760 years. So Tuesday, tobacco company attorneys and lawyers for thousands of sick smokers met with the two federal judges overseeing the cases to discuss ways to move the process along. “It’s a huge number of cases for us to be trying to dea ... Jump to full article >>

Kelly Clarkson Concert ‘Banned’ Under Islamic Law

Tweet Muslim organization Muhammadiyah has declared the upcoming Jakarta concert by US entertainer Kelly Clarkson as forbidden under Islam because it promotes smoking. Yanuar Ilyas, head of the fatwa department at Muhammadiyah, Indonesia’s second largest Muslim organization, said as it had previously declared smoking haram (forbidden), all things related to it were also forbidden, adding that it was not necessary to issue a new fatwa (religious ... Jump to full article >>

2 Landmark Lawsuits Corner KT&G

Tweet KT&G has faced two unprecedented legal challenges that could force the country’s biggest tobacco company by sales volume to change its business practices. One is about health and the other is an environment-related dispute. Gyeonggi governor Kim Moon-soo last week made a rare appearance at a courtroom in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, to testify that cigarette butts are a major culprit for fire outbreaks in the region. Kim emphasized i ... Jump to full article >>

Smoker seeks crore from ITC for cancer

Tweet A cancer-stricken father of three, who lit a Wills Navy Cut for his first puff when he was 16 and got hooked, has taken manufacturers ITC to a consumer court for not warning him about the “dangers” of smoking. In the last stages of throat cancer — and robbed of his voice following a surgery to remove his larynx — customs official Deepak Kumar has sought Rs 1 crore in damages. Kumar, additional customs commissioner of Mumbai, today f ... Jump to full article >>