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[Africa, Ethiopia] Smoke Screen: Companies Secretively Scramble for Tobacco Monopoly

as the auction of 40pc of the National Tobacco Enterprise’s shares is scheduled for May 19, 2016...have their legal teams in Addis, to ready their bids. Ethiopia, as a gateway to East Africa, represents a growing, youthful population, with increasing disp
Addis Fortune (et)
added May 18, 2016 19:34
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[Florida] BREAKING UPDATE: $10M Punitive Verdict Boosts Award Against RJR to $13M in Fatal COPD Trial

The punitive verdict, which exceeded the $8.8 million in punitives Kelley/Uustal's Eric Rosen requested in Friday morning's closings, followed about an hour of deliberations.
Courtroom View Network (CVN)
added Apr 23, 2016 17:43
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[Kenya] Big win for Health Ministry as BAT loses case on tobacco regulation

The High Court has adopted the proposed tobacco regulations seeking to control the manufacture, sale and advertising of tobacco products, with Judge Mumbi Ngugi directing that the regulations be effective in six months time. The ruling is seen as a majo
Citizen Digital (ke)
added Mar 27, 2016 18:41
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[Florida] Fla. Justices Lower Smokers' Hurdle For Engle Class Eligibility ($$)

Supreme Court expanded punitive damages for Engle progeny plaintiffs, tobacco companies were dealt another blow Thursday as the court ruled that a smoker did not need an official diagnosis before the cutoff date for membership in the original Engle class.
Law360
added Mar 25, 2016 05:50
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[Florida] Tobacco Cos. Owe Computer Whiz's Family $12.5M, Jury Told ($$)

Relatives of a computer analyst who died of lung cancer urged a Florida jury to award it a $12.5 million verdict plus punitive damages in its trial against Philip Morris USA Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., arguing that the companies' cigarettes killed
Law360
added Feb 11, 2016 18:36
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[Florida] 11th Circ. Will Still Rehear Engle Case After Judge's Recusal ($$)

Chief Judge Ed Carnes discovered that he may be recused and, “in an abundance of caution,” removed himself from the proceedings, vacating the Jan. 21 decision. However, after a revote, the 10 remaining circuit judges again granted rehearing en banc, accor
Law360
added Feb 3, 2016 14:57
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[Florida] $30M Award Against RJ Reynolds Too Big, Fla. Court Says

was excessive compared with the properly determined, $10.5 million compensatory award, a Florida appeals court ruled Wednesday, remanding the case for a recalculation but not a retrial. A majority panel of the Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled that t
Law360
added Nov 5, 2015 02:22
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[Florida] Family Tells Fla. Jury Tobacco Cos. Caused Smoker's Death

saying during opening arguments that the companies had engaged in a campaign of deception that hid the dangers of smoking from him. ...Duignan smoked one or two packs a day since he was about 12 ... was diagnosed with lung cancer at the age of 42 in 1992
Law360
added Aug 25, 2015 17:09
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[Florida] Fla. District Court Braces For Possible Engle Retrials ($$)

A federal judge on Tuesday outlined how Florida’s Middle District will handle certain Engle progeny cases that were tried to a verdict and will need to be retried in the event that the Eleventh Circuit stands firm in its decision that federal law preempts
Law360
added Jul 23, 2015 16:48
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AUDIO: Oregon Lawmakers Look To Cigars For More Revenue

Analysts say lawmakers could expect to raise a smokin' $5 million per year in extra revenue if they move ahead with a plan to remove the current cap of 50-cents per cigar in state taxes. Democratic House Speaker Tina Kotek said the cap means cigar aficio
Northwest News Network (PBS)
added Jun 23, 2015 11:14
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