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|New York: FedEx Embattled in a Federal Court Lawsuit on a Matter of State Cigarette Stamp Taxes Its Clients Did Not Pay|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
April 7, 2014, previously published on April 3, 2014The 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...
|Kick Butts Day 2014: Quit Smoking Today|
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
March 20, 2014, previously published on March 19, 2014Did 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.
|Illinois District Court Rejects Strict Application of the “Bare Metal” Asbestos Defense|
Karen E. Bettcher, Anthony M. Goldner; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
March 19, 2014, previously published on March 13, 2014On 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...
|If You're Going To Light Up, Pay Up|
Tabatha L. George; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
February 12, 2014, previously published on February 3, 2014Employees 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...
|Big Tobacco Companies to Publish Corrective Statements on the Dangers of Smoking|
Brayton Purcell LLP;
January 16, 2014, previously published on January 13, 2014For decades, the American public has been misled about the dangers of smoking tobacco products. Prior to January 11, 1964, no surgeon general warning--or warning of any kind--was included on the packs of cigarettes as billions of individuals picked up the habit. Marketing advertisements for tobacco...
|Chicago Mayor Accepts Award for Cigarette Regulation Legislation|
James P. Nevin; Brayton Purcell, LLP;
December 17, 2013, previously published on December 13, 2013Chicago Mayor Rahn Emanuel accepted an award from an Oakland, California based anti-tobacco group for his cigarette regulation efforts.
|"Vaping" in the Workplace: Anywhere I Want?|
Jim Baker; Barley Snyder;
December 16, 2013, previously published on December 9, 2013I have received several inquiries in the past few weeks about Vaping in the workplace. Vaping is a term used to describe the use of Electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigarettes”.
|The Dangers of E-Cigarettes and Asbestos Exposure|
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
December 3, 2013, previously published on December 2, 2013If you have been the victim of asbestos exposure in the past, you might be avoiding cigarettes today. It is a known fact that asbestos and cigarette smoke do not mix. When combined, these two factors can affect the progression of different respiratory diseases, such as lung cancer and asbestosis.
|Verdict Against Cigarette Manufacturer for Asbestos Exposure|
DeHay Elliston L.L.P.;
November 1, 2013, previously published on October 28, 2013Many of the asbestos-related verdicts that are covered in the news relate to workers who used materials and products alleged to contain asbestos, when those workers were performing their jobs in mechanical or industrial settings. Recently, a Florida jury ordered a defendant to pay $3.5 million in...
|Providence’s Tobacco Ordinances: Historic Ruling Upholds City’s Ban on Coupons and Discounts|
October 16, 2013, previously published on October 14, 2013In an opinion issued on Sept. 30, 2013, the First Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s ruling and upheld the legality of two of Providence, R.I.’s city tobacco control ordinances which prohibit coupons and multi-pack discounts on tobacco products. The case was National Association...