January 3, 1998 |
Brown & Williamson, a unit of BAT Industries in Britain, paid a $100,000 fine imposed by a Minnesota judge for failing to turn over papers from its American Tobacco unit. In a letter with the check, Louisville-based Brown & Williamson said it isn't waiving its right to appeal the fine, which was ordered by Ramsey County District Court Judge Kenneth Fitzpatrick. Brown & Williamson made the payment several days ahead of the court's 10-day deadline.
November 24, 1998 |
Controversial home equity lender First Alliance Mortgage Co. was hit with a lawsuit Monday by Minnesota authorities, who accused the Irvine firm of overcharging customers by thousands of dollars through hidden loan fees. Minnesota Atty. Gen. Hubert H. Humphrey III said First Alliance's employees rushed consumers through mountains of paperwork and used other "fraudulent schemes" to avoid telling borrowers about costs that ran as high as 30% of the amount being loaned.
November 3, 1987
U.S. District Court Judge Harry H. MacLaughlin in Minneapolis dismissed civil lawsuits filed against county officials by former defendants in child sexual abuse cases that were later dropped. MacLaughlin ruled that former Scott County Atty. Kathleen Morris had absolute immunity for damage claims involving her prosecutorial functions, while former Sheriff Douglas Tietz, four sheriff's deputies and a social worker were protected by qualified immunity.
February 8, 1998 |
When tobacco lawyers checked into their hotels for the state's anti-tobacco mega-trial, they were greeted by in-room copies of Minnesota Monthly with a beaming Jeanne Weigum on its cover. The magazine had named Weigum its 1997 Minnesotan of the Year, which must have given the tobacco folks pause. Unlike most people saluted in such a manner, Weigum is not an industrialist, philanthropist or cultural icon. She is a veteran anti-smoking activist.
February 3, 1998 |
Over heated defense objections, portions of some of the most scathing articles ever published about the tobacco industry in a scholarly medical journal were read to the jury in the massive case filed against the nation's cigarette companies by the state of Minnesota and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Minnesota. Michael Ciresi, the lead plaintiff's attorney, read excerpts of a July 19, 1995, editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. and two related articles.
April 15, 1998 |
Jurors in Minnesota's landmark suit against the tobacco industry Tuesday got their first glimpse of one of the 39,000 hotly contested company documents unsealed by the Supreme Court on April 6. The 1969 R.J. Reynolds memorandum discusses removing or declaring "invalidated" scientific research findings about tobacco that could prove damaging to the company in court.