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  • 1999-01-21: AGRICULTURE: 4 major tobacco companies agree to set up a $5.15 billion

trust fund for growers.

  • 1999-01-27: LITIGATION: VENEZUELA files suit against the tobacco industry in a Miami


  • 1999-02-04: AGRICULTURE: Tobacco companies agree to give growers $5.15 billion to

compensate them for lost income because of the AG settlement.

  • 1999-02-07: UK: Britain's royal family orders the removal of its seal of approval from

Gallaher's Benson and Hedges cigarettes. The company is given till the year 2000 to remove the royal crest.

  • 1999-02-09: LITIGATION: HENLEY V. PHILIP MORRIS: Patricia Henley wins $1.5

million from Philip Morris for medical costs, pain and suffering. This is the first California case to come to trial since the repeal of the "napkin deal."

  • 1999-02-10: LITIGATION: HENLEY V. PHILIP MORRIS: Patricia Henley wins $51.5

million in punitive damages.

  • 1999-03-09: MSA: American Legacy Foundatiion established.

  • 1999-03-09: BUSINESS: RJ Reynolds announces that it will sell its international tobacco unit

to Japan Tobacco for $8 billion and split its US tobacco and food businesses.


jury returns $81 Million verdict against PM, giving Jesse Williams' family about $800,000 in compensatory damages and $79.5 million punitive damages. The award is later cut to $32M, then reinstated in June, 2002.

  • 1999-04-26: SCOTUS: The Supreme Court agrees to decide whether to give the Food and

Drug Administration jurisdiction over tobacco. This is a Clinton administration appeal.

  • 1999-05: WHO launches Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. World Health

Organization member countries unanimously back a resolution calling for an international attempt to regulate tobacco use; a record-breaking 50 nations of 191 pledg financial and political support. WCTC is due to come into effect in 2003.

  • 1999-05: BUSINESS: RJR Nabisco sells its international tobacco arm to Japan Tobacco for

$7.8 billion; Japan Tobacco is not the world's third-largest tobacco group.

  • 1999-05-10: LITIGATION: KARNEY VS. Philip Morris, et.al.: A jury in Memphis, TN,

finds for the defense in a trial that consolidated the suits of 3 plaintiffs: Bobby Newcomb, James W. Karney and Florence Bruch (McDaniel). Jurors found RJR 30% responsible for Newcomb's lung cancer, and B&W 20% responsible, but Tennessee law requires damages only if a company is found more than 50% responsible.

  • 1999-05-13: LITIGATION: STEELE VS. BROWN & WILLIAMSON: A federal jury in

Kansas City, Mo., finds the company was not at fault in the case of Charles Steele, a smoker who died of lung cancer in 1995.

  • 1999-05-23: ENTERTAINMENT: RUPERT MURDOCH's Fox Network runs "Independence

Day," the world's most expensive cigar commercial--and popular kid favorite--in prime time. Fox also produced the film (cigar product placement by Feature This).

  • 1999-05-27: BUSINESS: PHILIP MORRIS board member Rupert Murdoch's Fox

Entertainment Group announces that it will launch a new Web-cable property called The Health Network.

  • 1999-05-31: World No-Tobacco Day. Slogan: Leave the pack behind

  • 1999-06-15: BUSINESS: RJR NABISCO Split is completed. The stock of R.J. Reynolds

Tobacco Holdings Inc. begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "RJR." R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of RJRHC.

  • 1999-06: LITIGATION: 4th Circuit Court of Appeals hears appeal of Osteen EPA decision.

  • 1999-06: LITIGATION: Oregon Appellate Court sends Jesse Williams case back to the

original court and orders the jury to reenter the original award. Philip Morris says it will appeal to the Oregon Supreme Court.


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