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Medical Details Not Needed to Establish Toxic Tort Case ($$)

Clarifying the rules of discovery in lead paint and toxic tort cases, the Court of Appeals on Thursday held that plaintiffs do not have to establish causation at the earliest litigation stages by providing detailed medical records supporting each allegat
New York Law Journal
added Jun 14, 2014 17:10

[USA, Mississippi] US stock exchanges face lawsuit over high-frequency trading

lawyer who orchestrated a successful class action suit against the tobacco industry 20 years ago has turned his sights on the stock exchanges ...filed in a New York court last month by a number of US legal firms including Michael Lewis, the lawyer who le
The Guardian (uk)
added Jun 9, 2014 09:47

Justices Bar Michigan From Suing Tribe Over Casino

Michigan may not sue an Indian tribe to shut down a casino opened far from the tribe’s reservation...The ruling, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in dissent, “renders the tribes largely litigation-proof” for activities as varied as gambling, cigarette sales,
New York Times
added May 28, 2014 14:09

KLARE: Like Big Tobacco, Big Energy Targets the Developing World for Future Profits

An increase in carbon sales to non-OECD countries will help create a humanitarian catastrophe of apocalyptic dimensions... giant tobacco companies came up with a particularly effective strategy for sustaining their profit levels: sell more cigarettes in
The Nation
added May 28, 2014 01:54

Tomgram: Michael Klare, What's Big Energy Smoking?

a particularly effective strategy for sustaining their profit levels: sell more cigarettes in the developing world, where demand was strong and anti-tobacco regulation weak or nonexistent. Now, the giant energy companies are taking a page from Big Tobacc
Tomdispatch (blog)
added May 27, 2014 10:21
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Mental Illness Linked to Shortened Life Spans

"We found that many mental health diagnoses are associated with a drop in life expectancy as great as that associated with smoking 20 or more cigarettes a day," Dr. Seena Fazel, of the department of psychiatry, at the University of Oxford in the United Ki
HealthDay [HealthScout]
added May 28, 2014 23:39

UN says diet a greater threat to health than tobacco

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, has called for a global agreement to promote healthy eating habits, saying "unhealthy diets are now a greater threat to global health than tobacco."
added May 20, 2014 06:48

Senate Plans Vote on Campaign Finance Amendment

Senate Democrats announced plans to move forward with a constitutional amendment to reverse U.S. Supreme Court decisions and give greater authority to Congress and to individual states to regulate campaign finance.
National Law Journal
added May 16, 2014 17:40

Colorado pot law bans smoking in public. But what's public?

Under pressure, Colorado Symphony kills plans to open 'Classically Cannabis' concerts to the public ... many Coloradans and pot tourists are discovering that attempting to smoke marijuana outside the privacy of a home is not as easy as going to a bar for
Los Angeles Times
added May 15, 2014 11:13

[Canada] How a Toronto entrepreneur is disrupting the bong industry

e-cigarettes’ sister technology, portable vaporizers – aimed at people who’d rather inhale plant matter – have been emerging as a mainstream industry in their own right. And one Toronto entrepreneur has been riding that boom, capitalizing on new vaporize
Globe and Mail (ca)
added May 14, 2014 17:39
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