August 5, 2001 |
Czech Prime Minister Milos Zeman, a heavy smoker, once defended his habit by arguing that it helped his country's finances. "As a smoker, I support the state budget, because in the Czech Republic we pay tax on tobacco," Zeman said. "Also, smokers die sooner, and the state does not need to look after them in their old age." It somehow was OK--even darkly humorous--when Zeman made such a defense in his own behalf.
April 3, 1996 |
For Ian Uydess, the moment of truth came in front of the television set. It was a Sunday night in February and a whistle-blowing scientist named Jeffrey Wigand was revealing dark secrets about the nation's cigarette business. Uydess knew those same secrets. A former cancer researcher, he had been lured to Philip Morris USA in 1977 with the promise that he could help engineer a safer cigarette.
May 1, 1996 |
In a victory for tobacco foes and a sign of the industry's growing isolation from the corporate mainstream, the San Diego Museum of Art has canceled Philip Morris' sponsorship of a major exhibition during the Republican National Convention this summer. Philip Morris was to sponsor a show by Montana artist Deborah Butterfield, whose life-size sculptures of wild horses evoke the imagery of its flagship Marlboro brand, the world's most popular cigarette.
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.