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June 2002 Archives

Punitive Damages Against Tobacco Company

Court Awards $15 Million Against RJ Reynolds KANSAS CITY, KS -- June 28, 2002 -- A U.S. District court in Kansas recently awarded $15 million in punitive damages against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, calling the company's conduct "highly blameworthy and deserving of significant punishment." The tobacco manufacturer "knowingly caused suffering for...

Tobacco Companies Guilty

Dying Florida Ex-Smoker Awarded $37.5 Million MIAMI, FL -- June 28, 2002 -- A Florida jury ordered three cigarette companies to pay $37.5 million to an ex-smoker who lost his tongue to tobacco-related oral cancer (Florida Sun-Sentinel, June 12, 2002). John Lukacs, age 76, was a heavy smoker for 30...

Tobacco Marketing to California Youth

R.J. Reynolds Fined for Tobacco Ads Aimed at Teens SAN DIEGO, CA -- June 14, 2002 -- A San Diego Superior Court Judge fined R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. $20 million for targeting teenagers in its cigarette advertising campaigns (State of California v. R.J. Reynolds Company, June 6, 2002). Under the...

Infections May Have Been Due to Bronchoscopes

Defective Bronchoscopes Used After Medical Recall WASHINGTON, D.C. -- June 7, 2002 -- Olympus brand bronchoscopes, used to diagnose pneumonia and lung cancer, were still in use at major hospitals at least three months after their recall, according to an article in the Baltimore Sun (May 27, 2002). A bronchoscope...

Serious Violations at Company Plants

Schering-Plough to Pay $500 Million FDA Fine WASHINGTON D.C. -- June 7, 2002 -- The drug manufacturer Schering-Plough has agreed to pay a $500 million fine because of quality control problems at its New Jersey and Puerto Rico plants (FDA News, May 17, 2002). The consent decree between the company...