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HTMLAlliance One and Universal Corp Settle DOJ, SEC Charges; Former Country Manager of Alliance One Pleads Guilty
Raymond Banoun; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 31, 2010, previously published on August 16, 2010
On August 6, 2010, two subsidiaries of Alliance One International ("Alliance One") and a subsidiary of Universal Corporation ("Universal") agreed to plead guilty to FCPA-related criminal charges while the parent entities entered into non-prosecution agreements with the...


HTMLLocal Ordinance that Suspends a Tobacco Sales License for Selling Tobacco to Minors is Not Preempted by State Law
Mona Ebrahimi; Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard A Law Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
July 23, 2010, previously published on July 09, 2010
In Prime Gas, Inc. v. City of Sacramento, (--- Cal.Rptr.3d ----, Cal.App. 3 Dist., May 13, 2010), a California Court of Appeal considered whether a city ordinance that suspended or revoked a retailer’s license to sell tobacco, if the retailer was found selling tobacco to minors, was preempted...


HTMLOregon Supreme Court Takes Away $100 Million in Punitive Damages Due to Flawed Jury Instruction
Lori Irish Bauman; Ater Wynne LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 6, 2010, previously published on June 27, 2010
When the US Supreme Court decided Williams v. Philip Morris in 2007, it created a challenge for judges instructing juries on punitive damages. The Due Process Clause prevents a jury from imposing punitive damages to punish a defendant directly for harm it causes to non-parties. But a jury can...


HTMLSmoke-Free Workplace Policies: Some Clarity and Consistency, Please
Michael J. Soltis; Jackson Lewis LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 21, 2010, previously published on May 5, 2010
The Centers for Disease Control reported recently that tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death and disease in the United States, causing about 443,000 deaths annually. The report adds that for every person who dies from tobacco use, another 20 have at least one tobacco-related...


HTMLLarge UK Fine for Retail Pricing Practices
Matthew R.E. Hall, Robert Rakison; McGuireWoods LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 7, 2010, previously published on May 4, 2010
On April 16, 2010, the UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT) announced total fines of GBP225 million on two tobacco manufacturers and 10 retailers for retail pricing practices concerning tobacco products in the UK ¿ the largest total fine imposed by the OFT in a case under the UK Competition Act...


HTMLFDA Final Rule Outlaws Certain Brand Names
Bryan M. Haynes, Nancyellen Keane; Troutman Sanders LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 16, 2010, previously published on March 23, 2010
Your brand that you worked to protect may be in jeopardy. Under the final rule issued by FDA March 19, 2010, manufacturers may not use a brand name of a nontobacco product as the brand name for a cigarette or smokeless tobacco product unless the brand name was being used by both the tobacco...


HTMLPACT Act Passage Could Lead to More Criminal Enforcement
Bryan M. Haynes, Megan Conway Rahman, Ashley L. Taylor, John S. West; Troutman Sanders LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 15, 2010, previously published on April 5, 2010
Recently, the United States Senate unanimously approved legislation to stop certain controversial sales of tobacco via the internet and mail. The Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act purports to (i) close loopholes in current trafficking laws, (ii) enhance penalties; and (iii) provide law...


Adobe PDFNew Kansas Smoking Ban Directly Affects Employers
Boyd A. Byers; Foulston Siefkin LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 7, 2010, previously published on March 24, 2010
On March 12, 2010, Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson signed into law a ban on smoking in all public buildings and any indoor place of employment. The smoking ban extends to a ten-foot radius outside building access points, such as doorways, open windows, and air intakes. There are only a few limited...


HTMLNo Smoking in the Workplace
Marcus W. Campbell, Joshua D. Meeuwse; Miller Johnson;
Legal Alert/Article
April 7, 2010, previously published on March 26, 2010
Michigan’s new law banning smoking in the workplace goes into effect on May 1. It forces employers to take aggressive actions to enforce the ban and penalizes passive employers as well as illicit smokers. It prohibits smoking in any building where employees perform services—and that...


Adobe PDFFDA Moves to Limit Promotion of Tobacco Products, but Is It Legal?
Elinor A. Hiller, Peter M. Kazon, Marc J. Scheineson, Donald E. Segal, Julie K. Tibbets; Alston & Bird LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 31, 2010, previously published on March 22, 2010
In conjunction with the release of the revised 1996 regulations (modified per Congress’ directions in Section 102 of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act), which take effect on June 22, 2010, on March 18, FDA released a series of documents designed to explain the rule,...


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