January 17, 2001 |
Philip Morris Cos. and other cigarette makers were not responsible for the cancer death of a Brooklyn, N.Y., woman who smoked for 32 years, a New York state court jury determined. The panel had previously decided that smoking caused the lung cancer that killed Bonnie Apostolou, who died in 1996 at the age of 45. But jurors concluded that she had "expressly assumed the risk" of smoking, and rejected all claims against the tobacco companies.
January 7, 2001 |
Dr. David Kessler, architect of the Clinton administration's crusade to regulate cigarettes, says the only way to control the nation's addiction is to dismantle the tobacco industry in a way that allows it to continue to produce cigarettes--but not a profit.
January 6, 2001 |
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.
January 3, 2001 |
A U.S. District Court in South Carolina has denied class-action status for a lawsuit against cigarette manufacturers, marking the second such denial in a week. The case, known as Aksamit et al. vs. Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. et al, was filed on behalf of South Carolina smokers who were allegedly injured as a result of smoking the defendant companies' cigarettes. In a decision Friday, U.S.
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December 28, 2000 |
The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn. has joined in the legal battle over Measure H, the bitterly fought initiative supported by 65% of the voters on Nov. 7 and over which Orange County has sued. The Jarvis group filed a friend-of-the-court brief Dec. 21 in Orange County Superior Court in support of Measure H, which mandates that most of $750 million in tobacco settlement funds the county will receive over the next quarter-century be spent on health care.
December 28, 2000 |
The chief executive of the nation's third-largest cigarette maker, testifying in a case brought by sick asbestos workers, rejected suggestions that Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. had ever targeted asbestos workers with cigarette advertising. In 1981, the company, maker of Kool and Lucky Strike and 18 other brands, dispatched workers to give away sample cigarettes outside locations where blue-collar workers might be found, but Chief Executive Nicholas G.
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.
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December 14, 2000 |
The city's Recreation and Parks Commission voted Wednesday to acquire the last chunk of property for a new, 3 1/2-acre park that is expected to be named Sepulveda Park West. The parcel, a quarter-acre lot, includes a 2,094-square-foot structure that once operated as a topless bar. The building, which has been abandoned for years, still has a large billboard advertising exotic dancers, cocktails and satellite-TV sports.
December 12, 2000 |
Whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand testified that cigarette maker Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. systematically altered and destroyed any internal document during the early 1990s that contradicted the industry's public "mantra" that cigarettes had not been proved to cause cancer. The testimony in a Brooklyn federal court came in a high-stakes civil case matching a trust for sick asbestos workers and their heirs against B&W, a unit of British American Tobacco and other tobacco giants.
December 6, 2000 |
In the first move of its kind in the country, a Silicon Valley county on Tuesday approved a plan to use money from the national settlement with the tobacco industry to guarantee health coverage for all uninsured children.