Tobacco Litigation

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Hookah Manufacturer’s Copyright Infringement Claims Go Up in Smoke - Inhale, Inc. v. Starbuzz Tobacco, Inc.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a summary judgment ruling and an award of attorneys’ fees, finding that a hookah water container used for smoking tobacco was not entitled to copyright protection....more

Tax Court Rules that Payments by Tobacco Distributor to Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement Qualified Settlement Fund Not...

In Suriel v. Comm’r, 141 T.C. No. 16 (Dec. 4, 2013), the Tax Court ruled that, under the specific facts in this case, the economic performance rules under IRC Section 461(h), permitting a tax deduction for certain liabilities...more

Woman Awarded $25 Million in Punitive Damages from Tobacco Company for Husband’s Death

A Florida state appeals court recently upheld the decision to award Dorothy Alexander $25 million in punitive damages and $8 million in compensatory damages for the death of her husband. She claimed that Lorillard Tobacco Co....more

Will the protracted litigation between tobacco manufactures and the State of California finally be coming to an end?

The State of California engaged in lengthy and protracted litigation with numerous tobacco manufacturers concerning their marketing activities and advertising in the State of California. In the Consolidated Tobacco Cases, the...more

Advertising Law -- May 09, 2013

Harsh Criticism for Ad Industry Over DNT - The advertising industry faced harsh criticism at a hearing held by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.). He addressed the implementation of a federal Do Not Track program and...more

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