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US: Tobacco firms to face US class action over 'light' cigarettes
by Simon BowersThe Guardian (UK)
September 26th, 2006
Leading tobacco firms in the US, including British American Tobacco, are to face a class action lawsuit seeking punitive damages of up to $200bn (105bn) relating to the alleged fraudulent promotions suggesting "light" branded cigarettes are safer, or less addictive, than regular ones.

US: Tobacco Makers Lose Key Ruling on Latest Suits
by David Cay Johnston and Melanie Warner The New York Times
September 26th, 2006
In a legal blow to the tobacco industry, a federal judge in Brooklyn ruled yesterday that people who smoked light cigarettes that were often promoted as a safer alternative to regular cigarettes can press their fraud claim as a class-action suit.

US: BAT shredded evidence helpful to dying smokers' claims, judge says
by Simon BowersThe Guardian
August 22nd, 2006
British American Tobacco lawyers are planning to appeal against what the company called "vile" findings against it - particularly in relation to its systematic shredding of legally sensitive documents - contained in a 1,700-page judicial opinion delivered at the end of one of the largest civil trials ever heard in the US.

US: Big tobacco's got a 2-pack legal habit
by Al LewisThe Denver Post
July 17th, 2006
Isaac Enginda, 51, says he doesn't know how two packs of counterfeit Newport cigarettes may have ended up in the liquor store he owns in an industrial neighborhood in northeast Denver.

NEW ZEALAND: Tobacco company's claims disputed
One News
July 14th, 2006
On it's website, British and American Tobacco says many claims against environmental or second hand smoking have been overstated.

US: Court Voids $145 Billion Judgment in Tobacco Case
by Jeremy W. PetersThe New York Times
July 6th, 2006
The Florida Supreme Court upheld today a decision that threw out a $145 billion judgment against the nation's largest tobacco companies.

AUSTRALIA: Government Invests in Philip Morris
NEWS.com.au
June 26th, 2006
The government of New South Wales has made a large investment in the Altria Group, which owns Philip Morris. Critics say the government can't preach health and invest in tobacco simultaneously.

WORLD: WHO charges major tobacco firms for misleading public
Vietnam News Service
June 1st, 2006
The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday accused the tobacco industry of continuing to use misleading labeling such as light, clean, fresh, cool or mild in order to lure millions of people, many of them children, to take up the deadly habit of smoking.

AUSTRALIA: Judge Reopens Investigation of BAT
by Elizabeth SextonThe Age
May 31st, 2006
A Sydney judge has reopened the legal assault on the tobacco industry with a preliminary finding that British American Tobacco's controversial document retention policy was intended to conceal the destruction of legally potent records.

US: Why Big Tobacco Loves Globalization
by Andrew LeonardSalon.com
May 24th, 2006
Tobacco consumption in the developed world is flat or declining, but it is booming worldwide, boosted by the removal of tariffs and other restrictions on trade that have been an integral part of globalization. But, tobacco, as its critics like to point out, is not like most other products it's "the only legal consumer product that kills half of its regular users." So, naturally, governments are wont to regulate it.

US: State sues tobacco company that 'cheated' Florida out of $17 million
by Missy StoddardSouth Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 17th, 2006
One of the country's largest tobacco companies has cheated the state of Florida out of $17 million, according to Attorney General Charlie Crist, and on Wednesday the state filed a lawsuit seeking to get what it's owed.

GERMANY: EU to take Germany to court over tobacco ads
Reuters
April 12th, 2006
Germany could face legal action for failing to implement a ban on advertising tobacco, a European Commissioner was quoted on Wednesday as saying.

UK: Tobacco firms beat ban with 'smoking shelters'
by Glen Owen and Sarah HillsThe Mail (UK)
April 9th, 2006
Tobacco companies are planning to evade next year's smoking ban by giving thousands of pounds to pubs to spend on their outside spaces - so customers can continue to enjoy a cigarette with their drink.

US: For Tobacco, Stealth Marketing Is the Norm
by Julie BosmanNew York Times
March 10th, 2006
Tobacco companies, which are able to vastly outspend antitobacco groups, may still be winning the marketing wars. While tobacco companies have abandoned most conventional advertising, they are using other means to get their point across. Antismoking groups, on the other hand, are now struggling to find the money to maintain even a small-scale campaign.

US: Tobacco Firms' Suit Rejected
Reuters
February 22nd, 2006
The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a free-speech challenge by two tobacco companies over California's anti-smoking ads.

US: Exposed: the secret corporate funding behind health research
by George MonbiotThe Guardian
February 7th, 2006
Three weeks ago, while looking for something else, I came across one of the most extraordinary documents I have ever read. It relates to an organisation called Arise (Associates for Research into the Science of Enjoyment). Though largely forgotten today, in the 1990s it was one of the world's most influential public-health groups.

AUSTRALIA: Big tobacco's filter ploy to beat bans
by Clara PiraniThe Australian
January 28th, 2006
British American Tobacco encouraged hotels to install ventilation air filtration systems, despite knowing they were ineffective at removing tobacco smoke.

GERMANY: Tobacco giant sponsors work on DNA repair
Nature.com
January 25th, 2006

US: Marlboro Smokers' Group Names Philip Morris in Suit
by Melanie WarnerThe New York Times
January 20th, 2006
A group of long-term Marlboro smokers filed an unusual lawsuit yesterday against Philip Morris USA, seeking to require the company to pay for medical tests to detect early-stage lung cancer.

LATIN AMERICA: Big Tobacco Fights Back
by Diego CevallosInter Press Service
January 12th, 2006
According to the non-governmental Corporate Accountability International, based in the northeastern U.S. city of Boston, the tobacco industry is interfering in public health policy in several Latin American countries, and is attempting to block the regulations implemented in compliance with the World Health Organisation's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).