Posts Tagged ‘lawsuit’

Scott opts not to join Gulf oil spill lawsuit

Florida will not join current legal action against the owner of the Deepwater Horizon well that exploded a year ago today — a decision by Gov. Rick Scott that was criticized at several levels on the eve of the anniversary of the worst oil disaster in the country’s history. The governor made the announcement Tuesday on the first day of a two-day tour of the Panhandle, which bore the brunt of the state’s economic and environmental damage from last year’s gusher in the Gulf of Mexico. ... read more >>

Pennsylvania judge lets Corbett keep using tobacco money

A Commonwealth Court judge on Thursday denied a petition to freeze millions in tobacco-settlement money that had been paying for a health-insurance program but that Gov. Corbett is now directing to the state’s general fund. Pennsylvania is expected to get an estimated $370 million in tobacco-settlement funds, and a portion of it was to help pay for adultBasic, which provided health insurance for people who do not qualify for Medicaid but who cannot afford private insurance. ... read more >>

Law firm tobacco contract under fire

The Newfoundland and Labrador government admitted Monday that Danny Williams was premier when his former law firm was hired to work on a lawsuit aimed at recovering millions of dollars from tobacco manufacturers. Roebothan McKay Marshall — a firm Williams helped found, but which he left after he entered politics a decade ago — is at the centre of a political controversy, with the Liberals accusing the governing Progressive Conservatives of awarding a rich contract without tender. ... read more >>

Federal lawsuit filed to stop Bullitt smoking ban

Bullitt County’s smoking ban isn’t scheduled to go into effect until September but it’s already facing another legal challenge. Attorneys for the group Bullitt County Choice and several businesses that are against the measure filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Louisville, naming the Bullitt County Board of Health as the defendent. ... read more >>

Grocery chain says San Francisco tobacco ban is illegal

National grocery store chain Safeway has filed a federal court lawsuit, contending that San Francisco’s ban on the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies and stores that contain pharmacies is unconstitutional. Safeway says the prohibition discriminates against retailers that have in-store pharmacies. ... read more >>

McCabe family reaches settlement with tobacco giant over landmark case

After a decade before Australia’s courts, the landmark battle between the family of lung cancer victim Rolah McCabe and British American Tobacco has come to an end. A confidential agreement has been struck between the world’s second-largest cigarette company and the family of Mrs McCabe, who passed away from lung cancer in 2002 at the age of 51. ... read more >>

British American Tobacco Cut From U.S. Racketeering Case

British American Tobacco Plc, Europe’s largest cigarette maker, was dropped from the U.S. government’s racketeering lawsuit after a judge in Washington ruled the U.S. no longer has the authority to hold the U.K. company liable for hiding the health hazards of smoking. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler today said a 2010 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in a securities case restricts the U.S. from seeking liability from “what is essentially foreign activity.” ... read more >>

Texas senators seek $5 billion in ‘non-tax revenue’

AUSTIN — Higher driver license fees and a hike in college tuitions are among potential money raisers as a special Senate panel searches for $5 billion in “non-tax revenue” to help fund key services, Senate Finance Chairman Steve Ogden said Monday. “There are no sacred cows. Everything is on the table,” Ogden, R-Bryan, said after naming senators to the new Finance subcommittee headed by Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock. He asked it to report back in about two weeks. ... read more >>

Big Tobacco Claims FDA Stacked the Deck

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CN) – Lorillard and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services, claiming the federal agencies stacked the FDA’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee with “a clique” who have “severe financial and appearance conflicts of interest and associated biases” on the tobacco industry. ... read more >>

Local Woman Wins Law Suit Against Tobacco Companies

Kim Mathews says she’s been trying to quit smoking off and on for about ten years. She picked up the habit as a young teenager back in 1973. “When I tried to quit I found that it’s not as easy as just putting them down. Your body craves the nicotine,” said Mathews. In the case of 81-year-old Suwannee County woman Ann Huish, her husband’s addiction and death is what brought her to a battle that some might say resembled that of David and Goliath. ... read more >>

S.Korea court rejects first tobacco lawsuit

SEOUL — An appeals court on Tuesday rejected South Korea’s first lawsuit against a tobacco company following a 12-year legal battle by lung cancer sufferers and their families. Seen as a test case, Seoul High Court — partially upholding a lower court ruling — found there was no direct evidence that the victims’ cases were caused directly by cigarettes produced by KT&G. The case began in 1999 when 36 people — cancer sufferers or relatives — sued KT&G, the country’s largest tobacco firm. Five of the plaintiffs have since died. ... read more >>