Category: Litigation

Industry accused of murder

Industry accused of murder

| July 19, 2017

In highlighting a complaint of murder filed in the Netherlands against the tobacco industry, Action on Smoking and Health says that criminal charges against the industry would be feasible in the US.

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Government accused

Government accused

| July 17, 2017

A law suit launched in Canada accuses the federal government of failing to stop, as agreed, the proliferation of contraband tobacco producers.

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Non-disclosure “absurd”

Non-disclosure “absurd”

| July 12, 2017

The Australian government has been called on to oppose the inclusion of the international tribunal system’s Investor-State Dispute Settlement provision in trade agreements.

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PM to pay for PP challenge

PM to pay for PP challenge

| July 11, 2017

The challenge was relatively costly and ultimately it failed, but the tobacco industry had little option but to try to overturn the first standardized packaging law to come into force.

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Prosecutions sought

Prosecutions sought

| June 23, 2017

In Israel, two politicians are seeking to have cigarette companies prosecuted because their actions are allegedly ‘an attack on Israeli residents’.

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Shareholders go to court

Shareholders go to court

| June 21, 2017

Reynolds American Inc. shareholders are seeking more information than they have been given in respect of the proposed acquisition of the company by British American Tobacco.

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Smokers not appreciated

Smokers not appreciated

| June 12, 2017

A commentator in the US has posed a question that is rarely asked: Why aren’t smokers thanked for filling budget holes with funds that no other section of society is willing to provide.

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Suit over ‘cessation fee’

Suit over ‘cessation fee’

| June 12, 2017

Smokers in Oklahoma are being asked to pay, indirectly, for helping to fill a budget hole. But that request is being challenged.

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New rules needed

New rules needed

| May 22, 2017

Philip Morris New Zealand believes that action taken against its heat not burn product by the Ministry of Health demonstrates that existing regulations do not fit well with new technology.

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Mighty in talks over future

Mighty in talks over future

| May 16, 2017

Some observers believe that Mighty Corp could alleviate its present problems with the Philippines’ tax authorities if it were to be acquired by another tobacco player.

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WTO upholds plain packs

WTO upholds plain packs

| May 5, 2017

The World Trade Organization is believed to have upheld Australia’s imposition of standardized tobacco packs, which first appeared there towards the end of 2012.

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Looming health concerns

Looming health concerns

| May 5, 2017

A British Medical Journal editorial argues that an indirect result of Brexit could be that UK health policies are left more exposed to challenges by companies, including tobacco companies.

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Monitoring bad behaviour

Monitoring bad behaviour

| May 4, 2017

The behavior of the tobacco industry and individual tobacco companies has often been pilloried, but now an article has focused on the behaviour of individual tobacco executives.

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Mighty pleads for license

Mighty pleads for license

| April 25, 2017

Faced with allegations of tax evasion, the Philippines’ Mighty Corp, whose tobacco manufacturing business is said to support tens of thousands of workers, has asked for a fair hearing.

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Tobacco divestments sought

Tobacco divestments sought

| April 20, 2017

A group of health experts has petitioned the High Court of Bombay in an effort to force the Indian government to divest its tobacco interests.

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Widow to be compensated

Widow to be compensated

| April 18, 2017

The Royal Australian Navy has been found by a tribunal to have contributed significantly to a young sailor’s having taken up tobacco smoking, which is said to have led to his death.

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Plain packs appeal disallowed

Plain packs appeal disallowed

| April 13, 2017

The tobacco industry has run out of UK domestic legal avenues for challenging the government on standardized tobacco packaging.

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Tobacco control in court

Tobacco control in court

| April 6, 2017

British American Tobacco is challenging parts of Uganda’s Tobacco Control Act before the country’s Constitutional Court.

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iQOS under scrutiny in Israel

iQOS under scrutiny in Israel

| March 15, 2017

The innovative nature of Philip Morris International’s iQOS heated-tobacco device is causing market teething problems in some countries as regulators scramble to catch up.

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Supporting the small guy

Supporting the small guy

| February 23, 2017

If implemented, the US Food and Drug Administration’s regulations on premium cigars would put small firms out of business and reduce consumer choice.

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