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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
4 Aug 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Interim Baltimore City Police Commissioner Kevin Davis [appointment release] on Monday met with officials from five federal law enforcement agencies to begin a program to address the recent increase of homicides in the city. The so-called B-FED partnership [Baltimore Sun report] will involve the FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), … [read more]

Legal News
21 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A bill [text] approved by Indiana lawmakers earlier this year repealing the statewide ban on sawed-off shotguns will go into effect July 1. The bill, sponsored by Senator Jim Tomes [official profile], will allow the manufacture, selling and ownership of shotguns with barrels 18 inches or less in length. … [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
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
21 Aug 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday ordered a deadline of October 1 [press release] for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] to provide a list of documents to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform [official websites] … [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]

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
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
24 Feb 2014
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday declined to hear rule on three new petitions that address the scope of the Second Amendment [Cornell LII backgrounder] of the Constitution. The Supreme Court denied the petitions [order list, PDF], two of which were filed by the National Rifle Association … [read more]

Legal News
6 Feb 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Michigan Governor Rick Snyder [official website] unveiled [press release] a new state budget on Wednesday that would allocate state funds to be used to cover Detroit [official website] workers' pensions, currently the subject of controversy in the city's bankruptcy proceeding. The plan sets aside $17.5 million annually for 20 … [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]

1 Nov 2013
by Arjun Mishra

The historical roots of cannabis vary widely and run parallel to the development of the Silk Road. Accordingly, the plant was first used by the Chinese empires, followed by the Persian empire, and then introduced to western Europe around the 16th century, appearing as an herbal medicine in botany texts. … [read more]

Professional Commentary
16 Oct 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Simon Lester of the Cato Institute says that the newly elected coalition in Australia may alter the country's current stances on certain international investment rules...The recent Australian elections were decided mostly by domestic policy issues, but their outcome will have an impact beyond the border, as the … [read more]

Legal News
15 Oct 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in three cases Tuesday, including an affirmative action case and a case on suing foreign corporations in US courts. In Daimler AG v. Bauman [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court heard arguments on "whether it violates due … [read more]

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