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HTMLMinnesota: Ranked #7 in Cigarette Excise Tax Rate in 2014 and #14 in Smuggled Cigarettes, Will Increase Cigarette Tax Rates in 2015
David M. Kall, Susan Millradt McGlone; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
October 31, 2014, previously published on October 23, 2014
Sales and excise taxes are slightly different animals. A sales tax is one that the government imposes at the point of sale on retail goods, like clothing. The retailer collects the tax and passes it on to the state. In contrast, one pays an excise tax on purchases of specific goods, such as...


HTMLLos Angeles Jury Awards $17.7 Million to Widow of Retired Navy Captain
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 6, 2014, previously published on August 1, 2014
Since we last caught up with Mrs. Major's lawsuit against Lorillard Tobacco Co., a Los Angeles jury has returned a verdict in favor of the widow of sixteen years. Mrs. Tajie Major, who lost her husband in 1998, was awarded $17.7 million dollars on July 30, 2014. The jury's decision was a unanimous...


HTMLTobacco Company Puts Sales over Safety
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 28, 2014, previously published on July 25, 2014
Gil Purcell, our senior trial lawyer, has fought for the rights of asbestos victims for over almost thirty years. His dedication to public justice has allowed him to represent many individuals across the nation in different court rooms. And while Mr. Purcell is regarded as a premiere asbestos...


HTMLCan You Link Insurance Premiums To Smoking?
F. Kytle Frye; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2014, previously published on July 1, 2014
Rocked by soaring costs, including skyrocketing increases in health insurance premiums, employers are desperate to manage, and hopefully limit, whatever costs they can. Many employers have begun to look to the lifestyle choices of their employees and how those choices might influence their cost of...


HTMLE-Cigarettes Light Up Controversy Among Employers
Michael V. Abcarian; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 8, 2014, previously published on May 5, 2014
First marketed internationally in 2002, battery-powered e-cigarettes are exploding stateside and may soon shake up many employers who need to decide whether or not to allow e-cigarettes in the workplace. Sales in the United States of the more than 200 types of e-cigarettes currently available are...


HTMLFDA Issues E-Cigarette Regulations
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
April 30, 2014, previously published on April 25, 2014
On Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration proposed new rules that will cover electronic cigarettes, more commonly known as e-cigarettes.


HTMLNew York: FedEx Embattled in a Federal Court Lawsuit on a Matter of State Cigarette Stamp Taxes Its Clients Did Not Pay
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
April 7, 2014, previously published on April 3, 2014
The City of New York (NYC) and the People of the State of New York (“New York,” and together with NYC, the “Plaintiffs”) are suing Federal Express (FedEx) in the U.S. Southern District Court of New York over what is, in part, a matter of taxation. The case is The City of New...


HTMLKick Butts Day 2014: Quit Smoking Today
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 20, 2014, previously published on March 19, 2014
Did you hear? Today, March 19, marks Kick Butts Day -- a day dedicated to standing out, speaking up, and seizing control against Big Tobacco. Not only do we owe it to ourselves to finally kick the habit, but a tobacco-free tomorrow is something for our children to surely look forward to.


HTMLIllinois District Court Rejects Strict Application of the “Bare Metal” Asbestos Defense
Karen E. Bettcher, Anthony M. Goldner; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2014, previously published on March 13, 2014
On February 14, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, in Quirin v. Lorillard Tobacco Company, et al., rejected strict application of the “bare metal” defense, under which defendants cannot be held liable for the dangers of asbestos-containing parts...


HTMLIf You're Going To Light Up, Pay Up
Tabatha L. George; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 12, 2014, previously published on February 3, 2014
Employees who smoke cost U.S. companies $6,000 more per year than their tobacco-free counterparts, according to a study released this summer by Micah Berman of Ohio State University. Smokers are associated with higher rates of absenteeism, lower productivity, and higher healthcare costs. Given...


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