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Higher Cigarette Taxes Could Promote Smuggling

posted on April 11, 2008 at 8:04 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The big cigarette tax increases that many states are instituting to balance their out-of-whack budgets are raising fears that the trend will make black-market smokes more profitable and lead to more cigarette smuggling. Full Story

Anti-smoking Advocates Want FDA to Regulate Tobacco

posted on February 16, 2007 at 8:02 PM

A bipartisan group of lawmakers plan to introduce legislation that would give the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco just as the agency does for other consumer products. Full Story

Impact of Anti Smoking Campaign

posted on March 10, 2006 at 8:03 PM

Impact of Anti Smoking Campaign
In 1998, Attorneys General representing 46 states signed an agreement with the major U.S. cigarette companies to settle all state lawsuits seeking to recover Medicaid costs of treating smokers. Known as the Master Settlement Agreement, or MSA,... Full Story

Cigarette Tax Used in California Anti-smoking Campaign

posted on February 24, 2006 at 8:02 PM

Two tobacco companies will not get to plead their case before the Supreme Court over how California is spending cigarette tax money. Full Story

Illinois Court Rejects "Light" Cigarette Case

posted on December 16, 2005 at 8:12 PM

The Illinois Supreme Court this week threw out a $10 billion class-action lawsuit against Altria Group Inc.'s Philip Morris USA division , ruling the maker of Marlboro and other brands did not defraud customers of its marketing of "light" cigarettes. Full Story

Government's Lead Lawyer Quits Tobacco Case

posted on December 2, 2005 at 8:12 PM

The lead trial lawyer for the government's landmark lawsuit against the tobacco industry has quit the case and left the Justice Department, a move that comes at a sensitive time when the companies and the department still could negotiate a... Full Story

Supreme Court Refuses Tobacco Lawsuit

posted on October 21, 2005 at 8:10 PM

The U.S Supreme Court this week refused the Bush administration's attempt to pursue a $280 billion lawsuit against tobacco companies on claims the firms misled the public about the dangers of smoking. Full Story

Tobacco Settlement Draws Fire From Witness

posted on September 9, 2005 at 8:09 PM

A top government witness in a Justice Department lawsuit against the tobacco industry has condemned the government's handling of the case. Full Story

Lawsuit: Tobacco Deal Created Non-Competitive Cartel

posted on August 5, 2005 at 8:08 PM

The 1998 legal settlement requiring major tobacco companies to pay $206 billion to the states who filed lawsuits against the industry created a government-protected cartel that keeps cigarette prices artificially high, according to a new lawsuit. Full Story

Will Farmers' Futures Go Up In Smoke?

posted on May 20, 2005 at 8:05 PM

Will Farmers' Futures Go Up In Smoke?
Wihout a government price program, many farmers have quit growing tobacco and have turned to value-added projects in hopes to reap high returns similar to those of the golden leaf. Full Story

Tobacco Trial Enters Remedies Phase

posted on May 6, 2005 at 8:05 PM

When an appeal court barred the government from seeking $280 billion in a civil racketeering trial against cigarette makers earlier this year, many legal scholars said the heart of the case had been ripped out. Full Story

Government Appeal on Tobacco Ruling Denied

posted on April 22, 2005 at 8:04 PM

An appeals court this week denied the government's request to reconsider a decision barring the Justice Department from seeking $280 billion from major cigarette companies in an ongoing civil racketeering trial. Full Story

Tobacco Buyout Begins This Summer

posted on April 8, 2005 at 8:04 PM

Tobacco Buyout Begins This Summer
Beginning this summer, tobacco producers and quota holders (which includes landowners who rented out their property to tobacco growers) will receive their first of ten annual government "buyout" payments. Full Story

DOJ Meets Big Tobacco

posted on March 25, 2005 at 8:03 PM

DOJ Meets Big Tobacco
Early last year, the U.S District Court for the District of Columbia agreed that tobacco companies could be charged under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, or RICO. Full Story

Court Sides With Big Tobacco in Civil Case

posted on February 4, 2005 at 8:02 PM

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the Justice Department cannot seek $280 billion it alleges the tobacco industry earned through fraud. Full Story
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