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March 2002 Archives

Light Cigarettes Still Health Risk

Philip Morris Lied About Low-Tar Cigarettes PORTLAND, OR -- March 29, 2002 -- A Multnomah County jury ordered the tobacco giant, Philip Morris, to pay $150 million to the heirs of Michelle Schwarz, who died of lung cancer at the age of 53. The case focused on the dangers of...

MTBE in Gas Legal Until 2004

MTBE Delay SACRAMENTO CA -- March 22, 2002 -- California Governor Gray Davis has announced a delay in banning Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE), a gasoline additive suspected of causing cancer (Executive Order D-53-02). Originally scheduled to be phased out from state gasoline supplies by the end of this year,...

Tort Reform Hurts Innocent Victims

Insurance, Tort Reform NEW YORK -- March 22, 2002 -- The American Insurance Association (AIA), a major insurance industry trade group, says lawmakers who enact "tort reform" should not expect insurance rates to drop, according to an AIA press release quoted by the Center for Justice & Democracy (CJ&D). "We...

Tobacco Industry Deception Dated to 1950s

Document Reveals Tobacco Industry Lies The following article about the deceptive practices of the tobacco industry is reproduced with the permission of its author, Dr. Elizabeth M. Whelan. She is the president of the American Council on Science and Health, a nonprofit consumer information organization. You have to admit: Law...

Inspection of Georgia Crematories Ineffective

Cremation Case WALKER COUNTY, GEORGIA -- March 1, 2002 -- The devastating discovery that Tri-State, a Georgia crematory, had left hundreds of bodies to decay highlights the need to scrutinize the funeral industry more carefully. Limited inspection of crematories and lack of strong state regulations can easily lead to abuse...