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Tobacco Firms Sue FDA Over New Graphic Warnings
Posted on 18 Aug 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

COLUMBIA, S.C. - (AP) Four of the five largest U.S. tobacco companies sued the federal government Tuesday over new graphic cigarette labels that include the sewn-up corpse of a smoker and a picture of diseased lungs, saying the warnings violate their... Read More

Florida Ruling Big Tobacco Won Is Coming Back To Bite It
Posted on 21 Feb 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

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... Read More

$81M In Punitive Damages For Giving Kids Free Cigarettes
Posted on 17 Dec 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

BOSTON - (AP) A tobacco company that had tried to hook black children on cigarettes was ordered Thursday to pay $81 million in punitive damages to the estate and son of a Boston woman who started smoking at age 13, in what an attorney said is one of the... Read More

Philip Morris USA, Other Tobacco Companies Win Favorable Verdict
Posted on 1 May 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

RICHMOND, Va. - (AP) Philip Morris USA and other major tobacco companies won a lawsuit Friday filed by 37 Missouri hospitals seeking more than $455 million for treating sick smokers. Philip Morris USA was one of six tobacco companies involved in the lawsuit... Read More

Massachusetts Jury: Firm Gave Black Kids Free Cigarettes
Posted on 15 Dec 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

BOSTON - (AP) A jury has ruled the Lorillard Tobacco Co. tried to entice black children to become smokers by handing out free cigarettes and has awarded $71 million in compensatory damages to the estate and son of a woman who died of lung cancer. The... Read More

Scalia's Pro-Tobacco Order Tossed By Supreme Court
Posted on 5 Jul 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia exercised a rarely used power last fall to let Philip Morris USA and three other big tobacco companies delay making multimillion-dollar payments for a program to help people quit smoking. Scalia... Read More

Tobacco Lawsuit Cites Long-Ago Cigarette Giveaways
Posted on 12 Nov 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

BOSTON - (AP) Marie Evans recalled she was 9 years old when she first started getting free cigarettes in the Boston housing project where she lived. At first, she traded them for candy, but she said she started smoking them herself at age 13. Four decades... Read More

Tobacco Companies Make Payments Under Master Settlement Agreement
Posted on 19 Apr 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

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... Read More

Lorillard Says It's Not Liable For Smoker's Addiction
Posted on 17 Aug 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

BOSTON - (AP) A Boston judge delayed ruling Monday on Lorillard Tobacco Co.'s request to reject a lawsuit that accuses the nation's third-largest tobacco company of targeting black youth in its cigarette marketing. Judge Linda Giles of Suffolk... Read More

Florida Appeals Court Says 'Brand Usage' Not Required For Conspiracy Under Engle
Posted on 7 Dec 2011 by Michael Lefkowitz

MIAMI - (Mealey's) The landmark Florida tobacco case of Engle v. Liggett Group Inc. (945 So. 2d 1246 [Fla. 2006]) did not impose a "brand usage" requirement on claims for civil conspiracy and concealment but only on personal injury claims... Read More

Troutman Sanders LLP: Big Tobacco Loses Appeal in Racketeering Case
Posted on 14 Aug 2012 by Troutman Sanders

A federal appellate court recently rejected the tobacco industry's argument that restrictions imposed as part of a 2006 judgment should be set aside because Congress, in 2009, passed a law that imposed other restrictions on the industry and gave the... Read More

Florida Court Reinstates Conspiracy/Concealment Claim Against 3 Tobacco Defendants
Posted on 29 Sep 2011 by Michael Lefkowitz

MIAMI - (Mealey's) A Florida state appeals court on Sept. 29 reversed summary judgment against a smoker's widow after finding that the state's Engle v. Liggett Group, Inc. (945 So. 2d 1246, 1277 [Fla. 2006]) case allows conspiracy/concealment... Read More

Troutman Sanders: Court Awards Attorneys' Fees for Willful Trademark Infringement
Posted on 1 Nov 2012 by Troutman Sanders

By Dabney Carr After a bench trial, Judge Gibney of the Eastern District of Virginia found in favor of Lorillard Tobacco on its claims of trademark infringement, unfair competition and trademark dilution and awarded attorneys' fees to Lorillard... Read More

Jury Awards Total Of $152 Million In Case Alleging Distribution Of Cigarettes To Children
Posted on 17 Dec 2010 by Michael Lefkowitz

BOSTON - (Mealey's) A Massachusetts jury added $81 million in punitive damages on Dec. 16 to the $71 million in compensatory damages it had awarded two days earlier to the estate and only son of a woman who said she began smoking free Newport cigarettes... Read More