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May 6, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
RJR Boosts Cigarette Prices: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. said its wholesale price increase on cheaper as well as premium brands, the first in 1 1/2 years, will amount to about 3 cents a pack. There was no immediate comment on pricing from Philip Morris USA, the biggest tobacco company, but industry analysts said the third biggest company, Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp., told wholesalers it would match Reynolds' increase.
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August 16, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Dozens of women's and public health organizations called on R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. to remove from the market its Camel No. 9 cigarettes, a brand they say is cynically aimed at getting young, fashion-conscious women and girls to start smoking. The claim was denied by an R.J. Reynolds spokesman.
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December 11, 2003 | From Reuters
R.J. Reynolds and Brown & Williamson said a jury in Florida returned a verdict in their favor, finding the cigarette makers were not responsible for a smoker's illness. The jury in the case found there was "ample evidence" that Emmett Hall, who suffers from lung cancer and pulmonary disease, had been aware of the potential health risks of smoking and still had chosen to smoke, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. said. R.J. Reynolds is a unit of Winston-Salem, N.C.-based R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings Inc.
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May 5, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Five U.S. senators asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate what they claimed were R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.'s attempts to appeal to teenage girls with ads for its sleekly packaged Camel No. 9 cigarettes. R.J. Reynolds says the cigarettes are aimed at adults. Democratic Sens. Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey, Tom Harkin of Iowa, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts and Richard J. Durbin of Illinois said the cigarettes "appeal to teenage girls' desire to be 'chic.'
NEWS
June 2, 1987
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. said that 16 million cigarettes sent to Japan, found to contain herbicide levels higher than U.S. legal limits, will not be sold. Company spokesman David Fishel said in a telephone interview from his Winston-Salem, N.C., office that none of the cigarettes, a special Japanese version of Winston Lights, reached Japanese consumers, but some were used for testing and promotional marketing.
BUSINESS
December 4, 1998 | Associated Press
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. said that it has pulled out of a $5-billion plan to help tobacco farmers absorb the expected fallout from the $206-billion tobacco settlement with the states. Reynolds said it will not give money to foundations that the industry plan would have established to help farmers who are expected to grow less tobacco as higher cigarette prices go into effect, possibly depressing sales. Instead, the nation's No.
BUSINESS
January 11, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. must pay an Arkansas man more than $9 million for his wife's death from cancer, a federal appeals court in St. Louis said in a ruling made public Monday. The court upheld an Arkansas jury's verdict that Pall Mall cigarettes were defectively designed and caused the fatal lung cancer of Mary Jane Boerner, who smoked the cigarettes for 36 years. The court also cut the punitive damage award to $5 million from $15 million.
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July 15, 1994 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was an unusual moment: Anti-cigarette advocates gathered to eulogize an heir to the giant R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. * That was the scene Thursday in Santa Monica as no-smoking crusader Patrick Reynolds conducted a memorial service for his half-brother, R.J. Reynolds III. R.J. Reynolds, a 60-year-old grandson and namesake of the cigarette company founder, died June 28 of smoking-related emphysema. "We agreed to disagree about tobacco issues," said Patrick Reynolds, 45, of Beverly Hills.
BUSINESS
January 6, 2001 | From Bloomberg News
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. settled a lawsuit alleging it violated the $206-billion national tobacco accord by mailing free cigarettes to Californians, said state Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer. The settlement, approved in San Diego Superior Court on Dec. 28 and announced Friday, lets R.J. Reynolds mail free cigarettes only to adults who have given their consent and after it verifies each recipient is an adult, Lockyer said.
BUSINESS
August 31, 1988 | Associated Press
A cigarette that produces flavor by heating a capsule instead of burning tobacco will be test-marketed in October, R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. said Tuesday, but health advocates said smoke is smoke and the new brand won't be cleaner. "Just because they remove a vast amount of the visible smoke does not eliminate all of the noxious chemicals," said Athena Mueller, general counsel for Action on Smoking and Health in Washington.
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April 18, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Tobacco companies put more than $700 million aside Monday rather than hand it over to the states in their battle over how much cigarette makers owe this year under a landmark 1998 settlement. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. paid the states about $1.4 billion but withheld $647 million, putting it in a "disputed payments account," Reynolds general counsel Charles Blixt said. Blixt said the company was playing by the rules of the agreement: "This is the mechanism by which we withhold money."
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February 22, 2006 | From Reuters
The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a free-speech challenge by two tobacco companies over California's anti-smoking ads. Reynolds American Inc.'s R.J. Reynolds Tobacco unit and Loews Corp.'s Lorillard Tobacco unit argued that the ads were unconstitutional because the tobacco companies were being forced to pay for advertisements that criticized the industry.
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October 6, 2005 | From Associated Press
Six years after R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. was slapped with a $14.8-million fine for holding cigarette giveaways at six California public events, the company continues to fight the constitutionality of a state law prohibiting tobacco freebies. The maker of Camel, Winston and other brands says it has a right to give tobacco to adults despite the ban state legislators approved amid intense lobbying from the California Medical Assn.
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September 14, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
An appeals court for a second time dismissed lawsuits that accused Reynolds American Inc. and British American Tobacco of smuggling cigarettes to avoid taxes and customs duties. The ruling by the 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals in New York rejected separate lawsuits by the European Union and by 25 departments of Colombia, which are equivalent to U.S. states. The European Union sued R.J. Reynolds, a unit of Reynolds American.
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May 13, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
A Minnesota judge said smokers who bought "light" cigarettes couldn't sue Reynolds American Inc.'s R.J. Reynolds Tobacco unit over claims that the company defrauded them. The smokers' claims are precluded by federal cigarette labeling laws, which don't permit states to impose additional requirements on tobacco companies, Minnesota District Judge Diana S. Eagon said in a decision. Separately, the National Assn. of Attorneys General said it had warned R.J.
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May 3, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
The U.S. Supreme Court breathed new life Monday into a European Union lawsuit that accuses R.J. Reynolds Co. of smuggling cigarettes to avoid paying potentially billions of dollars in taxes, fees and customs duties. The justices, citing their decision last week in a case raising similar issues, on Monday told a federal appeals court to revisit its conclusion that U.S. judges lack jurisdiction to consider the EU claims.
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April 1, 2005 | From Reuters
A top R.J. Reynolds Tobacco executive Thursday defended the company's advertising policies, testifying during the U.S. racketeering trial against cigarette makers that R.J. Reynolds did not aim its popular Camel brand products at children or teenagers. Lynn Beasley, president and chief operating officer for the main unit of Reynolds American Inc., helped launch Joe Camel, the cartoon figure known for his cool persona and dark sunglasses that later drew the ire of regulators.
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February 10, 2005 | From Reuters
A federal appeals court threw out a $15-million punitive damage award to a lifelong smoker who sued R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. after losing his legs from a cigarette-related illness. But the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a split decision, left intact a Kansas jury's compensatory damages of $196,416, finding the cigarette maker failed to warn David Burton of the dangers of smoking.
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