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Tobacco Companies Appeal $125M Award to U.S. Supreme Court

On April 21, 2016, Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds and other tobacco companies filed a petition for writ of certiorari asking the Supreme Court to review a decision allowing Pennsylvania to receive a $125 million payment as part of a nationwide settlement over smoking-related health costs, saying a lower court exceeded its authority by altering an arbitration award. [Read more →]

July 1, 2016   Comments Off on Tobacco Companies Appeal $125M Award to U.S. Supreme Court

Lawsuit Against DOT Ban on Vapor Products in Airplanes

The U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) promulgated a regulation in May 2016 prohibiting passengers from packing e-cigarettes in stowed luggage or using them on airline flights.  As a result, two non-profit organizations, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (“CEI”) and the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (“CASAA”) filed a lawsuit against DOT alleging that DOT exceeded its authority when it promulgated the regulation.  [Read more →]

June 17, 2016   Comments Off on Lawsuit Against DOT Ban on Vapor Products in Airplanes

Altria Files Suit Against FDA regarding “Black & Mild” Brand Name

On May 26, 2016, Altria Group, Inc. filed suit against the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in a bid to keep using the Black & Mild brand name for its popular cigars. [Read more →]

May 31, 2016   Comments Off on Altria Files Suit Against FDA regarding “Black & Mild” Brand Name

Tobacco Companies to Pay $125 Million Reinstatement of Escrow Funds to Pennsylvania

On December 23, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied several tobacco companies’ petition for appeal of a Commonwealth Court ruling that Pennsylvania is entitled to reinstatement of more than $125 million in funds under the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) with the tobacco industry. [Read more →]

February 29, 2016   Comments Off on Tobacco Companies to Pay $125 Million Reinstatement of Escrow Funds to Pennsylvania

Troutman Sanders Tobacco Practice Publishes Article on Pennsylvania’s Ongoing MSA Payment Battle in Smokeshop Magazine

An article by the Troutman Sanders Tobacco practice appears in the February issue of Smokeshop Magazine. The article, titled “Pennsylvania’s Legal Battle Over MSA Payments Keeps Twisting” discusses the ongoing battle between Pennsylvania and major tobacco manufacturers regarding disputed 2003 Master Settlement Agreement (“MSA”) escrow payments.

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January 23, 2015   Comments Off on Troutman Sanders Tobacco Practice Publishes Article on Pennsylvania’s Ongoing MSA Payment Battle in Smokeshop Magazine

Class Action Suit Filed Against E-Cigarette Importer

A California consumer has filed a class action lawsuit against Fumizer, LLC alleging the company made false claims that their e-cigarettes can aid smokers in quitting cigarettes, while neglecting to inform consumers of other alleged health risks. [Read more →]

September 26, 2014   Comments Off on Class Action Suit Filed Against E-Cigarette Importer

Utah Regulators Take Enforcement Action Against Three E-Cigarette Companies

The Utah Department of Commerce recently announced enforcement action against three e-cigarette companies for alleged violations of state consumer protection laws.  A copy of the Department’s press release is attached here:  14-08-27_dcp-e-cigarette [Read more →]

September 15, 2014   Comments Off on Utah Regulators Take Enforcement Action Against Three E-Cigarette Companies

Lawsuit Challenges USDA’s Failure to Collect Tobacco Buy-Out Assessments from Tribal Manufacturers

On August 14, 2014, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (“RJR”) and Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, Inc. (“Santa Fe”) sued the United States Department of Agriculture (the “USDA”), among others, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.  In their two-count complaint, RJR and Santa Fe allege violations of the Fair and Equitable Tobacco Reform Act (the “FETRA”) and the Administrative Procedure Act (the “APA”). [Read more →]

August 21, 2014   Comments Off on Lawsuit Challenges USDA’s Failure to Collect Tobacco Buy-Out Assessments from Tribal Manufacturers

Big Win for Small Tobacco in Texas

In 2013, the Texas legislature introduced and approved House Bill 3525, which imposed a 55-cent-per-pack fee on cigarettes manufactured by companies that did not participate in the Texas tobacco Settlement Agreement.  The Texas Small Tobacco Coalition and Global Tobacco, Inc. filed a lawsuit challenging the fee against the Texas Attorney General and Comptroller.  [Read more →]

August 20, 2014   Comments Off on Big Win for Small Tobacco in Texas

E-Cigarette Patent Litigation Continues

The saga of plaintiff Timothy Sheridan, named inventor of U.S. Patent No. 7,415,982 for a “Smokeless Pipe,” continues.  In the latest chapter, Sheridan filed a pro se complaint for patent infringement against the United States government in the Court of Federal Claims on August 4, 2014, alleging that the government somehow prevented Sheridan from enforcing the ‘982 patent.  Underlying that allegation is Sheridan’s contention that all currently marketed e-cigarettes and vaporizers infringe the ‘982 patent. [Read more →]

August 18, 2014   Comments Off on E-Cigarette Patent Litigation Continues