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HTMLWill Your No-Smoking Policy Get Vaporized?
Claud L. (Tex) McIver; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 3, 2015, previously published on May 1, 2015
Wondering what your employee is smoking in the break room, likely in violation of your “no-smoking” policy? Chances are it is an electronic smoking device, such as an e-cigarette or vaporizer.


HTMLSmokeless Tobacco in the Defense of Asbestos-Related Cancer Claims
David M. Governo, Michael D. Simons; Governo Law Firm LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
May 13, 2015, previously published on April 24, 2015
In asbestos personal injury cases, the plaintiff's smoking history is routinely explored by defense counsel to establish both a proclivity to ignore warnings and to prove causation, most notably in lung cancer cases. As part of any such work up, plaintiffs making claims of asbestos-related cancer...


HTMLCalifornia Officials Taking Aim at Tobacco and Electronic Cigarettes
Alan R. Brayton; Brayton Purcell, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 6, 2015
Within one week at the end of January 2015, the California Department of Public Health issued a Health Advisory about the risks of electronic cigarettes and two state legislators introduced separate bills, one that would raise the legal age for tobacco sale and purchase in the state to 21, and...


HTMLCigarettes are Hazardous to Your Health Day 2015
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 4, 2015, previously published on January 11, 2015
Today, January 11, marks "Cigarettes are Hazardous to Your Health Day" for 2015. Can you believe that big tobacco companies have known this fact for over fifty years?


HTMLQuestions Raised about Safety of Electronic Cigarettes
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 4, 2015, previously published on January 15, 2015
The tide seems to have turned against traditional tobacco products in most circles. It is becoming less prevalent among teens and less socially acceptable generally. In order to escape this stigma many users have turned to electronic cigarettes as a seemingly healthy alternative.


HTMLNew Year's Resolution: Quit Smoking in 2015
Katie Nealo; Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on December 29, 2014
It is a fact that smoking kills. Here at Brayton Purcell LLP we stand strong with the American Lung Association to reduce smoking, keep the air we breathe clean, and eliminate lung cancer once and for all. We believe that respiratory health is important, and smoking tobacco is a sure way to cut...


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...


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