Category: Litigation

Snus challenge imminent

Snus challenge imminent

| January 18, 2018

EU policy allows the sale of cigarettes in member states but bans – except in Sweden – the sale of a less-risky, alternative product, snus. Next week that ban is due to be challenged in court.

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Lung-cancer data released

Lung-cancer data released

| January 16, 2018

A US company linked to tobacco firms and specializing in mathematical analysis of data used in regulation and litigation has been handed anonymised data on lung cancers in England.

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Warnings case to continue

Warnings case to continue

| January 10, 2018

The battle over India’s 85 percent tobacco-products health-warnings, which has been fought on and off since 2014, is due to be resumed in March.

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Puffing along in China

Puffing along in China

| December 29, 2017

A question that has arisen during a court case in China asks whether a smoker should be prohibited from indulging her habit during the whole of a 30-hour train journey.

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What smoking bans?

What smoking bans?

| December 20, 2017

It seems to be the case that, contrary to general belief, smoking is not banned in thousands of government buildings in England and Wales, including courts and ‘jobcentres’.

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Huge warnings struck down

Huge warnings struck down

| December 18, 2017

The passage into law of India’s regulations requiring 85-percent tobacco-packaging warnings was convoluted, and now these warnings have been struck down by a court.

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Glantz denies harassment

Glantz denies harassment

| December 8, 2017

Professor Stanton Glantz, who researches the health effects of second-hand smoke, has denied allegations of sexual harassment made by a post-doctoral researcher.

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End-game just over horizon

End-game just over horizon

| December 7, 2017

ASH US, which is again venting its rage against tobacco manufacturers, seems to have no words of solace for people who enjoy smoking. Smokers are presented as victims and death statistics.

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While you’re at it …

While you’re at it …

| December 5, 2017

Before raising the sword of truth to smite the shyster, it is just as well to make sure what your left hand has been up to.

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More litigation sought

More litigation sought

| November 20, 2017

There seems to be a growing clamour for governments or their agents to sue tobacco manufacturers over health-care costs.

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Murder, she suggested

Murder, she suggested

| November 16, 2017

If tobacco manufacturers are to be charged with murder; it cannot be long before armaments manufacturers, alcohol manufacturers, governments … join them in the dock.

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Prices thrown into pot

Prices thrown into pot

| November 14, 2017

Questions are being raised in Canada about whether a similar pricing strategy to the one being suggested for legal marijuana should be applied to tobacco.

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Packaging challenge fails

Packaging challenge fails

| November 7, 2017

Court challenges by tobacco manufacturers to the imposition of regulations requiring that tobacco products are sold in packs of standardized design generally have not been successful.

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Smokeless ban struck down

Smokeless ban struck down

| November 1, 2017

A proposed ban on smokeless tobacco in Assam, India, under which violators would have faced a minimum of three years in prison, has been thrown out by a court.

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Public statements sought

Public statements sought

| October 16, 2017

There is a widely-held view that tobacco companies will bear the costs of publishing so-called ‘corrective’ statements, whereas it is surely the smokers who will pay.

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Mighty tax case closed

Mighty tax case closed

| October 9, 2017

Three tax evasion complaints against Mighty Corporation have been withdrawn following an agreement under which the Philippines’ government is to be paid about P40 billion.

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Lawsuit being retired

Lawsuit being retired

| October 3, 2017

The huge delay in implementing court-ordered, public ‘corrective statements’ by US tobacco manufacturers could render them counterproductive in the reduced-risk age.

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Threat of major lawsuit

Threat of major lawsuit

| October 2, 2017

An organization in Australia is seeking legal advice on whether it should launch a lawsuit seeking billions of dollars in compensation from tobacco companies.

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Neutral-packaging challenge

Neutral-packaging challenge

| September 27, 2017

In attempting to dismiss Swedish Match’s neutral-packaging challenge as just another try-on by a tobacco company, the authorities in Norway are conflating snus and cigarettes – two very different products.

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PMI supports FDA proposal

PMI supports FDA proposal

| August 23, 2017

Andre Calantzopoulos, the chief executive of Philip Morris International, says that recent proposals by the US Food and Drug Administration invite dialogue rather than litigation.

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