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RJ Reynolds merged with Brown & Williamson in July 2004 to form Reynolds American.

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2 June 2005

Wachovia apologizes for slavery ties - Bank satisfies Chicago ordinance requiring companies with city contracts to disclose slavery ties [USA]

Author: Katie Benner, CNN/Money

Wachovia Corporation has apologized for its ties to slavery after disclosing that two of its historical predecessors owned slaves and accepted them as payment. [also refers to Georgia Railroad and Banking Company, Bank of Charleston (now both part of...

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29 March 2004

Slave Descendants File $1B Lawsuit

Author: Associated Press

The suit filed in federal court in Manhattan accuses Lloyd's of London, FleetBoston and R.J. Reynolds of "aiding and abetting the commission of genocide" by allegedly financing and insuring the ships that delivered slaves to tobacco plantations in the...

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29 March 2004

USA: Slaves' descendants to sue Lloyd's for insuring ships used in the trade

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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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7 January 2004

Slaves' descendants seek landmark day in Chicago court

Author: Carlos Sadovi, Chicago Tribune

[USA]: The suit names companies like the Lehman Brothers brokerage firm, Aetna Insurance and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco. It could be dismissed Jan. 26 if Judge Charles Norgle agrees with the defendants' claim that the plaintiffs can't sue for something...

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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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19 March 2003

US seeks $289bn in tobacco claim

Author: BBC News

The US Justice Department is suing the world's leading tobacco companies for $289bn (£184.5bn) of their profits for the alleged fraudulent marketing of cigarettes. A court filing by the US government claims the companies lied about the link with...

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20 February 2003

Corporate Bill for Slavery [USA]

Author: John S. Friedman, The Nation

The federal class-action lawsuits [in USA]...seek corporate accountability for profits made from slavery, unspecified damages and the establishment of a fund for the healthcare, housing, education and economic development needs of African-Americans.....

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