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28 November 2012

Tobacco companies ordered to admit they lied over smoking danger [USA]

Author: Reuters

Major tobacco companies who spent decades denying they lied to the US public about the dangers of cigarettes must spend their own money on a public advertising campaign saying they did lie, a federal judge ruled…The ruling sets out what might be the...

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1 December 2011

[PDF] Corporate Equality Index 2012; Rating American Workplaces on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality

Author: Human Rights Campaign Foundation

...[T]he Corporate Equality Index [CEI] represents [how] corporate America...prioritize[s] the protection, recruitment and retention of LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender] employees...[S]uccessful U.S. businesses have proven...that LGBT...

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29 September 2011

Tobacco Companies Knew of Radiation in Cigarettes, Covered It Up [USA]

Author: Carrie Gann, ABC News

Tobacco companies knew that cigarettes contained a radioactive substance called polonium-210, but hid that knowledge from the public for over four decades, a new study of historical documents revealed. Scientists from the University of California, Los...

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17 August 2011

Tobacco companies file lawsuit over warning labels [USA]

Author: Jeffrey Collins, Detroit Free Press

Tobacco companies want a judge to put a stop to new graphic cigarette labels that include the sewn-up corpse of a smoker and pictures of diseased lungs, saying they unfairly urge adults to shun their legal products and will cost millions to produce....

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28 June 2011

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To Lousiana Tobacco Verdict [USA]

Author: Daniel Fisher, Forbes

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of a $270 million verdict in Louisiana against Philip Morris and other big cigarette companies, dashing their hopes that the court’s animosity toward big class actions displayed in Wal-Mart vs....

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21 June 2011

Fallout from Wal-Mart case begins [USA]

Author: National Law Journal [USA]

The Supreme Court's...decision Monday in Wal-Mart v. Dukes...is already having an impact on the Supreme Court's docket.. After issuing the Wal-Mart decision, the Court..."re-listed" two long-pending petitions for certiorari...The first is Philip...

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21 June 2011

FDA issues graphic cigarette labels [USA]

Author: Michael Felberbaum, Associated Press

In the most significant change to U.S. cigarette packs in 25 years, the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday released nine new warning labels that depict in graphic detail the negative health effects of tobacco use…Also included among the labels...

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20 June 2011

Supreme Court sides with Wal-Mart in sex discrimination lawsuit [USA]

Author: Bloomberg

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a ruling that may mean new limits on class-action suits, rejected an effort to sue Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for discrimination on behalf of potentially a million female workers. The justices said the lawyers pressing the case...

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16 March 2011

Wal-Mart’s Million-Worker Bias Case May Mean ‘Rough Justice’ for Companies [USA]

Author: Greg Stohr, Bloomberg

More than 100 Wal-Mart Stores Inc. workers paint a similar picture in sworn complaints about the company: Local managers made sexist decisions about promotions and pay, and top officials did nothing to stop them. The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to...

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6 December 2010

Wal-Mart Gets High Court Review in Million-Worker Bias Case [USA]

Author: Greg Stohr, Bloomberg

The U.S. Supreme Court…agreed to decide whether Wal-Mart Stores Inc. must face a gender-bias suit on behalf of potentially 1 million of its workers. The justices today said they will review a federal appeals court decision that approved a single suit...

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