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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...


HTMLBig Tobacco Companies to Publish Corrective Statements on the Dangers of Smoking
Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 16, 2014, previously published on January 13, 2014
For 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...


HTMLChicago Mayor Accepts Award for Cigarette Regulation Legislation
James P. Nevin; Brayton Purcell, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 17, 2013, previously published on December 13, 2013
Chicago Mayor Rahn Emanuel accepted an award from an Oakland, California based anti-tobacco group for his cigarette regulation efforts.


HTML"Vaping" in the Workplace: Anywhere I Want?
Jim Baker; Barley Snyder;
Legal Alert/Article
December 16, 2013, previously published on December 9, 2013
I 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”.


HTMLThe Dangers of E-Cigarettes and Asbestos Exposure
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 3, 2013, previously published on December 2, 2013
If 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.


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