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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

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

$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

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