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November 11, 2010 | Thomas H. Maugh II
In the first major change to cigarette packaging in a quarter-century, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it would require graphic warning labels that cover half a package's front and rear and the top 20% of all cigarette ads. The labels will feature either drawings or photos illustrating graphically the dangers associated with smoking and will be accompanied by text stating that smoking is addictive or that it kills. The pictures feature such things as a diseased lung, a corpse and a man smoking a cigarette through a tracheotomy tube.
March 3, 2010 | By Lisa Girion
An Orange County jury Tuesday declined to hold Botox maker Allergan Inc. liable in the death of a 7-year-old Texas girl being treated for cerebral palsy because it found the company's warning labels adequate. The closely watched case is believed to be the first to go to trial over allegations that the botulinum toxin-based drug contributed to a death. At issue was the safety of the blockbuster cosmetic drug in the higher dosages that are used in pediatric cerebral palsy cases and the adequacy of the Irvine manufacturer's warning labels.
August 10, 2009
If there's anything good about putting warning notices on packages of frankfurters, it's that the labels could say: Beware of Dog. A New Jersey lawsuit demanding cigarette-pack-type warnings on hot dogs is mainly a crank case by a veganism advocacy group, the sort of legal action that makes for headlines rather than meaningful consumer protection. That suit -- and another one filed just a day later in New Jersey demanding that Denny's restaurant menus include the sodium content of all its dishes (as well as a warning label about the dangers of salt)
July 23, 2009 | Jerry Hirsch
"Warning: Consuming hot dogs and other processed meats increases the risk of cancer." That's the label that a vegan advocacy group wants a New Jersey court to order Oscar Mayer, Hebrew National and other food companies to slap on hot dog packages. The nonprofit Cancer Project filed a lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of three New Jersey plaintiffs asking the Essex County Superior Court to compel the companies to place cancer-risk warning labels on hot dog packages sold in New Jersey.
July 18, 2009 | Amy Littlefield
A state panel will not require warning labels on metal cans, plastic bottles and other products that contain bisphenol A, despite more than 200 studies that have linked the chemical to cancer and reproductive problems. Wednesday's unanimous decision may speak to the limitations of the state Environmental Protection Agency's Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee. Dorothy Burk, chairwoman of the committee, acknowledged its reach is limited.
March 14, 2009
It's hard to imagine a more sympathetic victim than Diana Levine, a guitarist who lost her arm to gangrene after she was negligently injected with Phenergan, an anti-nausea drug. Last week, the Supreme Court by a 6-3 vote upheld a Vermont jury's decision that Wyeth, the manufacturer of the drug, should pay Levine nearly $7 million because the label on the drug didn't adequately warn medical personnel about the risk of a particular method of injection.
December 20, 2008
It's tempting to judge a U.S. Supreme Court decision by whether it favors the "good guys." By that populist standard, the court made the right call this week when it ruled 5 to 4 that tobacco companies could be sued in state courts for minimizing the health dangers of "light" cigarettes. But by more important measures -- including basic fairness and a respect for Congress' power over interstate commerce -- the majority got it wrong.
November 4, 2008 | David G. Savage, Savage is a Times staff writer.
On the day before the nation elects a new president, the Supreme Court debated an important legal legacy of the outgoing Bush administration. Two years ago, the administration said drug makers should be shielded from being sued by injured patients if federal regulators had approved warning labels that weigh the risks of a prescription drug. Until then, consumers in most states could sue if they were hurt by a dangerous product, even if it had been approved by the federal government.
October 7, 2008 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
More than 45 million Americans are smokers, and nearly 85% of them buy "light" cigarettes such as Marlboro Lights, which are advertised as having lower tar and nicotine. The Supreme Court, on the opening day of its term, heard arguments Monday on whether the tobacco industry can be held liable for allegedly perpetrating a massive fraud on the smoking public. In recent decades, many smokers switched to "light" cigarettes, believing they posed less of a danger to their health.
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