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A Supreme Court Victory for Internet Retailers

Ruling in Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl, the court unanimously said businesses may go to federal court to challenge state laws seeking to collect taxes for in-state purchases from out-of-state Internet retailers.
National Law Journal
added Mar 5, 2015 18:03
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[UK] Imperial Tobacco celebrates rising L&B Blue sales

Launched twelve months ago L&B Blue is designed to suit the preferences of adult smokers who require a lower priced cigarette offering with reassurance from a big brand. Since its launch the brand has gone from strength to strength and now boasts a marke
Talking Retail (uk)
added Mar 5, 2015 18:01
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[Maine] Health advocates: Axing community anti-smoking programs ‘like killing Peter to pay Paul’

Health groups, doctors, students and others turned out in force Monday at the State House to oppose a budget initiative that would take away roughly $20 million in funding for community-based smoking cessation and prevention services.
Bangor (ME) Daily News
added Mar 5, 2015 17:57
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[Australia, New Zealand] Pressure to bring in tobacco plain-packaging

The Government is being lobbied to bring the tobacco plain-packaging bill back to Parliament for a final vote, now the policy has been found to work "almost like a vaccine against tobacco" in Australia. The health select committee last year supported th
New Zealand Herald
added Mar 5, 2015 17:49
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[Africa] Tobacco industry accused of 'intimidation and interference' in Kenya

British American Tobacco has undue influence over the Kenyan government and is in breach of WHO tobacco convention...More than 50 years after Kenya gained independence from British colonial rule, one company is steadfastly refusing to loosen its grip on p
The Guardian (uk)
added Mar 5, 2015 17:48
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[UK] Plain cigs a £137m ‘disaster’ at shops Government’s own report reveals new packaging rules will kill off many local shops ($$)

NEWSAGENTS and corner shops will be dealt a £137million blow if plans to sell cigarettes in plain packs go ahead.
The Sun (uk)
added Mar 5, 2015 17:45
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LOMBORG: The spread of western disease: 'The poor are dying more and more like the rich'

Corporations have rights. Now we need a global treaty on their responsibilities...For the first time, more people in the developing world now die from strokes and heart attacks than infectious.... Tobacco, the single biggest killer will cause 10 million d
The Guardian (uk)
added Mar 5, 2015 17:41
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HIGHTOWER: The Gop Gang Of Supremes Go After Obamacare

the Supreme Court's black-robed gang of far-right ideologues are rampaging again! ... It sprang from a frivolous lawsuit concocted in 2010 by a right-wing front group funded by such self-serving oligarchs as the Koch brothers, Big Oil, Big Tobacco and Big
Creators Syndicate
added Mar 5, 2015 17:34
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[Asia-pacific] WALLACH: Lame White House Response to Sen. Warren's Warning About TPP Investor Privileges

If you have not yet read Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-Massachusetts) spot-on Washington Post op-ed ...similar to the policies that Philip Morris is now targeting in ISDS cases against Australia and Uruguay -- the tobacco industry responded by threatening a
Huffington Post (blog)
added Mar 5, 2015 17:05
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[Italy] Italian e-cigarette firms say new tax benefits tobacco

The tax, which was adopted in January, is set at half the rate of that on traditional cigarettes. .. E-cigarette companies say applying the discount to tobacco products is unfair, and designed to help Big Tobacco. The firms and industry experts also say
Reuters
added Mar 5, 2015 16:49
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