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  • 2002-08-07: Exxon-Mobile signs agreement with Attorneys General to better prevent sales of

tobacco to youth.

  • 2002-08-28: Philip Morris names Chief Executive Louis Camilleri as chairman to replace

Geoffrey C. Bible, who will retire Aug. 31, after reaching mandatory retirement age.

  • 2002-08-28: Ohio Supreme Court rules 6-1 that local health boards lack authority to restrict

smoking in public places, invalidating smoking bans in a dozen counties. "We refuse to extend by mere implication the authority of local boards of health beyond clearly stated and well- defined limits,'' wrote Justice Andrew Douglas for the majority.

  • 2002-09-10: LITIGATION: LUXEMBOURG: EU judge rejects tobacco challenge to new

regulations on the manufacture and marketing of cigarettes. In response to a BAT/Imperial challenge, Advocate General Leendert Geelhoed, Advocate General of the European Court of Justice, rules that EU authorities were within their rights to set new limits on the levels of tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide in cigarettes sold or produced in the EU. He also backed new laws banning the use of terms such as 'light' and 'mild' and more graphic health warnings on all packets. The ruling is at: http://www.curia.eu.int/en/cp/aff/cp0270en.htm

  • 2002-09-19: LITIGATION: NY: Nation of smokers certified as a class. Eastern District of

New York Judge Jack B. Weinstein certifies a nationwide class action lawsuit against the tobacco industry in the case known as Simon II. The ruling is at: http://www.tobacco.neu.edu/Extra/hotdocs/simon_cert.htm

  • 2002-09-23: LITIGATION: NY, CA: Philip Morris Announces Suits against Internet

Cigarette Vendors. Philip Morris says it has filed 8 suits against 12 vendors over trademark violations in their advertising and web names, sales of illegally imported cigarettes, and lack of proper verification procedures to prevent sales to minors.

  • 2002-09-26: LITIGATION: CA: Philip Morris Loses Bullock Case. Jury awards Bullock

$850,000. Michael Puize wins 2nd case (after Boeken).

  • 2002-09-23: LITIGATION: NY, CA: NY Judge throws out CA settlement fees for Castano

consortium. Judge Figueroa rules settlement panel overstepped its authority under the MSA's arbitration clause in award to Ellis lawyers.

  • 2002-09-26: LITIGATION: CA: Jury Orders Philip Morris to pay Bullock $28 Billion in

punitive damages, the largest payment to a single plaintiff in history. (Bullock v. Philip Morris Inc., Cal. Super. Ct., No. BC 249171)

  • 2002-10: JAPAN: Chiyoda Ward bans smoking on parts of its streets.

  • 2002-10-07: NY: Nassau County becomes the first county in New York state to ban smoking

in virtually all bars and restaurants. Only cigar shops are exempted. Law goes into effect March 1, 2003.

  • 2002-10-09: NY: Dutchess County smoking ban passes into law; toughest smoking ban in NY

will take effect Jan. 1, 2003. County Executive William Steinhaus allows the law to become effective by not vetoing it, but calls the legislation flawed and unenforceable.

  • 2002-10-10: NY: New York City holds first hearing on indoor smoking ban that would

include all bars and restaurants. Mayor Bloomberg opens the testimony with a plea to pass the bill. See http://www.nyc.gov/html/om/html/2002b/testimony101002.html

  • 2002-10-09: NY: LITIGATION: UST Settles McMullin suit.

  • 2002-10-22: UK: Parliament passes tobacco advertising ban.

  • 2002-10-29: UK raises the allowance for personal use of cigarettes brought into the country

by four times, from 800 to 3,200 ciggies a person

  • 2002-10-30: EUROPE: European Union files money-laundering/smuggling suit against RJR

in Brooklyn, NY charging that "[RJR officials] at the highest corporate level [made it] part of their operating business plan to sell cigarettes to and through criminal organizations and to accept criminal proceeds in payments for cigarettes by secret and surreptitious means."


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