Brown & Williamson (now Reynolds American)

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Brown & Williamson, which had been part of British American Tobacco (BAT), merged with RJ Reynolds in July 2004 to form Reynolds American. BAT is a significant shareholder of the merged company.

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18 February 2014

Slavery reparations lawsuit (re USA)

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Descendants of 19th-century African-American slaves filed nine lawsuits seeking reparations from corporations in various US federal courts during 2002.  The plaintiffs alleged that the defendant corporations (financial, railroad, tobacco, insurance,...

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5 July 2013

Case profile: Slavery reparations lawsuit (re USA)

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre case profile for class action lawsuit against financial, railroad, tobacco, insurance, and textile companies over their alleged collaboration with slavery.]

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28 September 2006

Court hears appeal of reparations suit [USA]

Author: Natasha Korecki, Chicago Sun-Times

The national slavery reparations movement attempted to keep its cause alive in a federal appeals court Wednesday, arguing that major corporations financed the 19th-century slave trade and should have to pay millions of dollars today to slave...

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28 September 2006

USA: Descendants of slaves try to revive reparations lawsuit against 17 firms including Aetna, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Lehman Brothers

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19 September 2006

The denial industry

Author: [book excerpt] George Monbiot, in Guardian [UK]

...124 organisations that have taken money from [ExxonMobil] or work closely with those that have...take a consistent line on climate change: that the science is contradictory, the scientists are split, environmentalists are charlatans, liars or...

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21 September 2005

[PDF] Should Global Rules Have Legal Teeth? - Policing (WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control) vs. Good Citizenship (UN Global Compact)

Author: Tagi Sagafi-nejad, College of Business Administration, Texas A&M International University, in International Journal of Business [USA]

...the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Compact...are two efforts to engage transnational corporations in the development process and in the articulation of a...

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27 January 2004

Slavery reparations lawsuit tossed out - Judge rules case has no link to targeted firms [U.S.]

Author: Mike Robinson, Associated Press

A lawsuit by descendants of slaves against corporations they say profited from slavery was dismissed Monday by a federal judge who said no clear link to the targeted companies had been established...The court left the door open for further litigation....

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1 November 2003

[PDF] Brown & Williamson Tobacco: Social & Environmental Report 2002/2003

Author: Brown & Williamson Tobacco

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21 May 2003

Huge tobacco ruling overturned [USA]

Author: BBC News

A US court has backed five cigarette companies' appeal against a record $145bn (£87bn) fine, in a major legal victory for the tobacco industry. [Philip Morris, RJ Reynolds, Lorillard Tobacco, Brown & Williamson, Liggett Group]

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20 March 2003

Slavery reparations lawsuit (re USA)

Descendants of 19th-century African-American slaves filed nine lawsuits seeking reparations from corporations in various US federal courts during 2002.  The plaintiffs alleged that the defendant corporations (financial, railroad, tobacco, insurance,...

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