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February 9, 2008 |
Here's a recipe for academic controversy: First, find dozens of hard-core teenage smokers as young as 14 and study their brains with high-tech scans. Second, feed vervet monkeys liquid nicotine and then kill at least six of them to examine their brains. Third, accept $6 million from tobacco giant Philip Morris to pay for it all. Fourth, cloak the project in unusual secrecy.
October 5, 2002 |
With Friday's record $28-billion punitive damage award against Philip Morris Cos., West Coast courts continued to be a killing ground for tobacco companies, whose success in fending off product liability claims was once the envy of the corporate world. The victory by cancer victim Betty Bullock of Newport Beach marked the industry's fourth straight courtroom defeat in California.
January 28, 1999 |
Philip Morris Cos., the world's largest tobacco company, said its profit rose 9% in the fourth quarter as the company's biggest promotions ever kept U.S. cigarette sales from falling even as it boosted prices. The maker of Marlboro cigarettes, Kraft foods and Miller beer said profit from operations rose to $1.77 billion, or 72 cents a share, matching estimates. Revenue rose 7% to $18.4 billion.
August 7, 2001 |
The European Commission on Monday filed a new complaint against Philip Morris Cos. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings Inc. for cigarette smuggling after a U.S. judge dismissed the case last month. U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis ruled last month that the commission wasn't injured by alleged smuggling of cigarettes into the 15-nation European Union and didn't allow other EU members to sue.
July 18, 2001 |
A federal judge dismissed a suit brought by the European Commission against Philip Morris Cos. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings Inc. that accused the two largest U.S. tobacco companies of smuggling cigarettes into the European Union. U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis ruled the EC had not been injured and did not allow other EU countries to sue, according to a statement released by Philip Morris.
July 28, 2001 |
A federal judge rejected a U.S. Justice Department request to revive parts of its lawsuit against the tobacco industry, handing a victory to Philip Morris Cos. and other cigarette makers. In a pair of rulings, U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler reaffirmed an earlier decision in which she threw out two of the three legal theories being pressed by the federal government in its multibillion-dollar case.
September 5, 2001 |
Philip Morris Cos. and other U.S. tobacco companies have won the dismissal of two lawsuits brought by Native American tribes seeking reimbursement for treatment of tobacco-related disease, the company said. In a ruling last week, U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield in Beaumont, Texas, threw out a case brought by the Coushatta tribe, agreeing with the tobacco companies that the injury suffered by the tribe was too remote to warrant damages. The other ruling, on July 30, by U.S.
May 11, 2001 |
A lawsuit seeking restitution from tobacco companies for every Californian who has bought cigarettes can proceed, a state judge ruled. Superior Court Judge Ronald Prager in San Diego has certified class-action claims on behalf of California smokers who contend that Philip Morris Cos. and other cigarette makers broke the state's unfair business practices laws. Smokers may be eligible for billions of dollars in restitution if the suit succeeds, plaintiffs' lawyers said.
November 1, 2002 |
The California Supreme Court sent a former smoker's suit against Philip Morris Cos. Inc. back to the appellate level for review. The move comes months after the court handed the tobacco industry a partial victory in a verdict that gave cigarette makers some protection from smoker lawsuits. The case going back to the appellate court was brought by Patricia Henley, who has inoperable lung cancer. She was awarded $1.