May 31, 2002 |
South African Breweries agreed to buy Miller Brewing Co. from Philip Morris Cos., betting it can reverse more than two decades of declining market share at the second-largest U.S. brewer. South African Breweries will pay $3.6 billion in stock and assume $2 billion in debt to become the world's No. 2 beer maker. Shares of New York-based Philip Morris rose 57 cents to $56.58 on the NYSE.
September 24, 2002 |
Philip Morris Cos., the world's largest cigarette maker, said it filed eight lawsuits aimed at stopping sellers of cigarettes via the Internet from using Philip Morris trademarks. The company said the suits also were aimed at stopping the sellers from illegally importing Philip Morris cigarettes into the United States. The suits were filed in federal courts in New York and California. Defendants include the owners or operators of Web sites including Cheapmarlboro.com, Europecigarettes.
March 13, 1999 |
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., the nation's second-largest cigarette maker, Friday sued its chief rival, Philip Morris Cos., accusing it of attempting to monopolize the U.S. retail cigarette market. In a federal lawsuit filed here, R.J. Reynolds said Philip Morris, maker of the top-selling Marlboro brand, is trying to corner retail space for its cigarettes through exclusive contracts with retailers.
May 25, 1999 |
Philip Morris Cos. said it will drop Liggett Group Inc.'s special warning that smoking is addictive from the packaging on three cigarette brands it has purchased from the rival tobacco company. "Warning: Smoking is addictive" now appears on all Liggett's U.S. brands in addition to the standard Surgeon General's warning that is carried on all cigarettes sold in the U.S. Liggett, the tobacco unit of financier Bennett LeBow's Brooke Group Inc.
May 2, 2002 |
A federal judge dismissed an antitrust lawsuit against Philip Morris Cos. by three cigarette makers, saying it is all right for retailers to give its brand prominence over rival products. The suit heard in U.S. District Court in North Carolina and brought by R.J. Reynolds, Lorillard Tobacco Co. and Brown & Williamson alleged Philip Morris U.S.A.'s retail merchandising program illegally interfered with the business dealings of retailers with other tobacco companies.
February 4, 1999 |
Six cigarette vending machine companies filed a $100-million lawsuit against Philip Morris Cos. for alleged price discrimination in the sale of cigarettes. The suit claims that New York-based Philip Morris discriminates against the vending machine owners by giving rebates, buybacks and other promotional fees to other merchants that result in lower wholesale cigarette prices. The companies, which filed the suit in U.S.
February 2, 2003
When I heard that Philip Morris had changed its name to Altria I thought it was such a non-descript word that I would never remember it ("Philip Morris Not Liable, Jury Rules," Jan. 28). Then I saw the accompanying logo that is supposed to represent all of the brands of products Philip Morris sells. I was instantly reminded of the scrambled, digitized photos you see on TV when they want to shield the true identity of someone, and I immediately understood. Now when I look at the name Altria and its logo, I will always remember that it is Philip Morris trying to shield its true identity from the public.
October 17, 1999
I am deeply touched by Philip Morris' belated admission that people using their main products incur significant risk of health problems ["Philip Morris' New Campaign Echoes Medical Experts," Oct. 13]. Also very touching is the news--received via their TV advertisements--that they do all sorts of good things for the needy and abused women. In fact, I find myself wondering whether I should forget that a wife, sister and several friends might still be living had they known of what the tobacco companies had so tenaciously concealed and denied until this very moment.
July 18, 1995 |
Philip Morris Cos. is reportedly seeking as much as $1 billion for most of its baking division, which includes Entenmann's cookies and cakes and Freihofer's breads. The food and tobacco conglomerate declined to comment on the report in the Wall Street Journal, which said final bids on the $1.2 billion in businesses up for sale are due in less than two weeks. But analysts who follow Philip Morris said a sale would fit with the company's recent resolve to shed low-margin businesses.
July 11, 2002 |
The federal government has reached an agreement with Philip Morris Cos. to protect retirement benefits for more than 9,500 workers at its subsidiary Miller Brewing Co., which is being sold to London-based South African Breweries. Miller Brewing's pension obligations are underfunded by about $150 million, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. estimates. Philip Morris has agreed to make up the shortfall in case the money is needed to cover benefits promised to Miller Brewing workers and retirees.