How Big Tobacco Handles Lawsuits -- Attrition and Wait for Deaths
We do not sue them.
They will run up millions in costs for just one lawsuit, regardless of the actual damages .
They will conduct a scorched earth defense and try to simply wait until the plaintiff dies....more
Not infrequently, the law calls upon a court to decide what another court would do with a particular issue or case. In the closing days of its September term, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to take up Price v. Philip...more
Jack Scarola, Tobacco attorney and partner of Searcy Denney explains how tobacco fights a war in which they try to wear down plaintiffs; out spend plaintiffs and wait for plaintiffs to die....more
“We are reformed and vow never to be evil, devious, conspiratorial, deceitful, designing, tricky, conniving, underhanded or murderous ever again!”
So goes the paraphrased prostrations of lawyer Jeff Furr, representing...more
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
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
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
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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