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Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday ruled in Kansas v. Carr [opinion, PDF] that a jury in a death penalty case does not need to be advised that mitigating factors [Cornell LII backgrounder], which can lessen the severity of a criminal act, do not need to proven beyond … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] may use a report [text, PDF] on menthol cigarettes. The tobacco companies argued [JURIST report] that the report was written by experts with … [read more]

Professional Commentary
14 Jan 2016
by Craig Welch of University of Liverpool
edited by Val Merlina

JURIST Guest Columnist Craig Welch of LWC Policy Consulting, Inc. discusses legislation regulating tobacco packaging in the international context, and related health and safety issues... A recent Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) decision in Singapore represents a major setback for tobacco companies in their fight against plain packaging legislation. But … [read more]

Legal News
4 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The company that manufactures American Spirit [corporate website] cigarettes is the subject of a new class action lawsuit [complaint, PDF]. The lawsuit, filed by a Florida law firm Wednesday against Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company and its parent company Reynolds American, Inc. [corporate websites], claims that the company's marketing … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jun 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] A judge for the Quebec Superior Court has awarded over $15 billion [judgment, PDF] (USD $12 billion) in damages to Quebec smokers in a case against tobacco companies JTI-Macdonald, Imperial Tobacco, and Rothmans, Benson & Hedges, making this the largest award for damages and the biggest class action lawsuit … [read more]

Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Paul Black, a prisoner at HMP Wymott [official website], won a contentious judgment [text, PDF] in the UK High Court [official website] on Thursday banning smoking in prisons and all Crown premises. Under current regulations, prisoners are permitted to smoke in cells but forbidden to smoke in corridors and … [read more]

Legal News
5 Dec 2014
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Police in the Philippines are committing torture with impunity, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [report, PDF] Thursday. Although allegations of torture, inhumane and degrading treatment or punishment within the police force have increased year after year, AI says that no convictions have resulted [AI report] from these claims. … [read more]

Legal News
11 Sep 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Wednesday upheld the dismissal [opinion, PDF] of a consolidated lawsuit brought against various tobacco companies. The 750 consolidated individual cases included:588 personal injury cases filed on behalf of purportedly living cigarette smokers who, as it turns out, … [read more]

Legal News
27 Aug 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The World Health Organization (WHO) [official website] on Tuesday called for strict regulation [text, PDF] of electronic cigarettes, including a ban on the usage of the devices in public places and advertising targeting minors. The report, which will be debated by member states in October in Moscow, states [NYT … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jul 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] A jury for the First Judicial Circuit of Florida [official website] on Friday handed down a verdict against RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co. [corporate website], awarding the plaintiff $16.8 billion in compensatory damages, and $23.6 billion in punitive damages. The case, Cynthia Robinson v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, was originally … [read more]

Legal News
28 Jun 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Supreme Administrative Court of Thailand on Thursday approved [press release] a new regulation requiring packs of cigarettes sold in the Southeast Asian country to be 85 percent covered with graphic health warnings. The new graphic health warnings have 10 variations, including messages such as "smoking causes lung cancer" … [read more]

Legal News
25 Jun 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] China's highest Court on Tuesday overturned the death sentence of a woman convicted of killing her abusive husband in 2010. The Supreme People's Court (SPC) [official wesbite, Chinese] remanded the case [Reuters report] of 43-year-old Li Yan to a high court in China's Sichuan province, finding that her first … [read more]

Academic Commentary
17 Apr 2014
by David Ball of Santa Clara School of law
edited by Kenneth Hall

JURIST Guest Columnist W. David Ball of Santa Clara School of Law argues that the recent trend of states and cities—most recently in Washington, DC—to pass legislation decriminalizing marijuana is a step in the right direction, but does not go far enough towards elevating the problems and costs of prohibition. … [read more]

Legal News
17 Mar 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Egyptian prosecutor Moumin Salman on Monday referred Abdullah Morsi, youngest son of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, to trial on allegations of drug use and possession. Officers say that two rolled hashish cigarettes were found in the car [AP report] of the university freshman, who was arrested [AFP report] on … [read more]

Professional Commentary
5 Mar 2014
by Hanni Fakhoury of Electronic Frontier Foundation
edited by Michael Muha

JURIST Guest Columnist Hanni Fakhoury of the Electronic Frontier Foundation questions whether the high court will use this latest opportunity to modernize Fourth Amendment protections...The US Supreme Court recently agreed to review two cases—United States v. Wurie and Riley v. California—dealing with the Fourth Amendment's application to new technologies. The … [read more]

Legal News
27 Feb 2014
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The EU Parliament [official website] on Wednesday voted to approve [press release] an anti-tobacco law that requires cigarette makers to increase the size of health warnings on packets from 30 percent to 65 percent of the surface of the package. The law also regulates electronic cigarettes for the first … [read more]

Legal News
19 Nov 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg [official website] signed a piece of legislation [text] on Tuesday that makes it illegal to sell cigarettes to individuals under the age of 21. The legislation, passed by the New York City Council [official website], is intended to decrease smoking rates in New … [read more]

Legal News
8 Oct 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] EU lawmakers on Tuesday approved sweeping new regulations [text] to curb smoking, including limits on electronic cigarettes, bigger warnings on cigarette packs and a ban on menthol, or any flavored cigarettes which could be considered "gimmicks." An EU press release [text] outlined the changes, which include graphic warnings that … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jul 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] on Tuesday reversed [judgment, PDF] a lower court ruling that blocked enforcement of a 2003 law [text, PDF] regulating the promotion of tobacco products. The 2003 law requires shops that sell tobacco to display health warnings and limit the size of advertisements. … [read more]

Legal News
24 Apr 2013
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled 7-2 Tuesday in Moncrieffe v. Holder [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] that noncitizens have not committed an "aggravated felony" if they are convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana, and are eligible for discretionary review of their immigration case. The Immigration and Nationality … [read more]

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