High Court Turns Down Both Sides In Tobacco Fight

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) 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...

U.S. High Court Won't Review RICO Fraud Remedies In Tobacco Cases

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court declined June 28 to review an appellate decision upholding most of the remedies imposed on the tobacco industry by the federal judge who found it liable for a decades-long pattern of fraud and deception ( Philip Morris USA, Inc. v. United States...

Minnesota Panel Lets Marlboro Lights Class Action Proceed

MINNEAPOLIS - (Mealey's) A lawsuit alleging that Philip Morris USA used deceptive trade practices and false advertising to market its Marlboro Lights cigarettes may proceed in Minnesota as a class action, the state Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 28, reversing in part a lower court's dismissal of...

Florida Ruling Big Tobacco Won Is Coming Back To Bite It

MIAMI - (AP) A Florida Supreme Court ruling that threw out a $145 billion award against cigarette makers is biting Big Tobacco back, making it dramatically easier for thousands of smokers to sue and turning the state into the nation's hot spot for damage awards. The 2006 ruling has helped . . . ...

Tobacco Companies Make Payments Under Master Settlement Agreement

RICHMOND, Va. - (AP) The nation's top cigarette companies said Friday they have made their payments as part of the 25-year settlement in which some cigarette makers are paying states for smoking-related health care costs. Philip Morris USA, the nation's largest cigarette maker owned by Altria...