July 20, 2014
by Julie Deisher
A jury for the First Judicial Circuit of Florida on Friday handed down a verdict against RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co., 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 part ...[read more]
February 27, 2014
by Cynthia Miley
The EU Parliament on Wednesday voted to approve 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 time. Electronic cigarettes ...[read more]
February 24, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear rule on three new petitions that address the scope of the Second Amendment of the Constitution. The Supreme Court denied the petitions, two of which were filed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), without opinion. In NRA v. Alcohol Tobacco and ...[read more]
February 6, 2014
by Matthew Pomy
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder unveiled a new state budget on Wednesday that would allocate state funds to be used to cover Detroit workers' pensions, currently the subject of controversy in the city's bankruptcy proceeding. The plan sets aside $17.5 million annually for 20 years from funds the ...[read more]
November 19, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a piece of legislation 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, is intended to decrease smoking rates in New York City. Bloomberg claimed this measure " ...[read more]
November 1, 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 ...[read more]
October 15, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in three cases Tuesday, including an affirmative action case and a case on suing foreign corporations in US courts. In Daimler AG v. Bauman the court heard arguments on "whether it violates due process for a court to exercise general personal jurisdiction ...[read more]
October 8, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
EU lawmakers on Tuesday approved sweeping new regulations 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 outlined the changes, which include ...[read more]
September 27, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) on Thursday released an interim report on the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The report details that currently the FBI is the only DOJ component to have used UAS to support its mission. However, other DOJ components... ...[read more]
September 25, 2013
by Max Slater
A superior court judge in California ruled Tuesday that a class of plaintiffs cannot recover any money against the tobacco company Philip Morris USA. The plaintiffs in the case argued that Philip Morris violated California's false advertising laws by using the terms "Lights" and "Lower Tar and ...[read more]

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