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Philip Morris will pay a fine of 10.1 billion dollars for "light" cigarettes
Appellate court of Illinois decided to restore the jury verdict, imposed in 2003, that sentenced the Philip Morris company to a fine of 10.1 billion dollars for the misleading of smokers about the safety of "light" cigarettes.
read more ...05/12/14
Philip Morris will close its cigarette production factory in Australia
Tobacco company Philip Morris will close its tobacco factory in Australia, located in Moorabbin, reported BBC News. Factory will cease to exist after 60 years of work, about 180 workers will remain unemployed. Company transfers its factory in South Korea.
read more ...05/02/14
Interesting Facts About Appearance of Cigarettes in America
It's so obvious for us nowadays to buy cigarettes as we know what they are for and how they should be used. In the past however smoking didn't exist. More exactly the grounds of this habit existed but were not developed to the extent familiar to
read more ...01/10/14
Major Events in Smoking Lawsuit

07/10/00

Major events in the first smokers' class-action lawsuit to come to trial:

May 1994 - Class-action suit filed on behalf of sick U.S. smokers against the nation's five biggest cigarette makers and two industry groups. January 1996 - State appeals court limits class to sick smokers in Florida. July 6, 1998 - Jury selection begins. October 1998 - Opening statements. Judge imposes gag order on trial participants. July 1999 - Jury decides tobacco industry fraudulently conspired to make a dangerous, addictive product that causes cancer, heart disease and other illnesses. April 2000 - Responding to news media and industry appeals, a federal judge lifts gag order. State jury awards $6.9 million in compensatory damages to two smokers. Jury also awards third smoker $5.8 million but said he should be barred from collecting the money because a four-year statute of limitations had expired. Judge says he would decide later how to handle that ruling. July 2, 2000 - Testimony ends in punitive verdict phase of trial. Lawyers prepare for final arguments and for handing case over to jury.

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