December 1, 2000 |
A New York appeals court unanimously rejected the class-action certification of a group of smokers seeking damages from major cigarette makers for illnesses allegedly caused by smoking, Philip Morris Cos. said. The plaintiffs brought the suit against Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings Inc. and Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp., a unit of British American Tobacco.
December 23, 1999 |
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings Inc. said smuggling allegations leveled against it by the Canadian government relate solely to its former international affiliates. Canada on Tuesday filed suit against Winston-Salem, N.C.-based R.J. Reynolds seeking at least $1 billion, claiming the company smuggled cigarettes into the country to undercut a government plan to discourage smoking with high taxes. R.J. Reynolds said the companies at the core of Canada's case--R.J.
December 21, 2000 |
Philip Morris Cos. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings Inc. asked a European court to declare that the European Commission lacked authority to file a lawsuit in U.S. courts alleging the company smuggled cigarettes into the European Union. The commission's suit, seeking unspecified financial damages, was filed Nov. 6 by in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, N.Y. It accused Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds of depriving the EU of customs duties in a smuggling operation that began in the late 1970s.
December 29, 2000 |
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings Inc. won a new trial in a case that had brought a $200,000 judgment against the company in favor of the family of a deceased Tampa smoker. The cigarette maker also defeated Pennsylvania smokers' bid for class-action status in a separate case. Florida state Judge Ralph Steinberg on Thursday threw out the $200,000 in compensatory damages the family of Suzanne Jones had been awarded in his courtroom in October.
June 21, 2002 |
A New York state judge said he may void $625 million in lawyers' fees from New York's $25-billion settlement of litigation with Philip Morris Cos., RJR Tobacco Holdings Inc. and other tobacco companies. New York Supreme Court Justice Charles E. Ramos said that he was "in possession of facts suggesting unethical conduct," and that he might refer the matter to the state bar committee on discipline.
January 30, 2004 |
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings Inc. will get a California Supreme Court review of a $14.8-million fine the company received for distributing tobacco at events where children were present. The California Supreme Court agreed to decide whether state Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer exceeded his authority with the fine for violating a state law banning tobacco giveaways on public grounds where minors might be in attendance.