Articles in Category: 'Big Tobacco'

By: Kenric Ward | Posted: October 8, 2010 4:05 AM

Cigarette companies burned by lawsuits in Florida hope that the worst is behind them.

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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: April 21, 2010 12:21 AM

If you're not a cigarette smoker, chances are you've never heard of Dosal Tobacco Co. Lawmakers in Tallahassee apparently want to keep it that way.

Exempted from the state's Big Tobacco settlement in 1997, the little-known Opa Locka-based cigarette maker has quietly grown to be the third largest seller in Florida. Dosal has thrived as a bargain brand that doesn't have to pay the settlement costs required of its competitors.

By some estimates, that loophole has the state missing out on $200 million a year.

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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: March 30, 2010 9:04 AM
Attorney General Bill McCollum's lawsuit against the federal government's newly enacted health-care program has drawn political fire as a costly quixotic venture.

State Sen. Dan Gelber, who is running for McCollum's job, calls the litigation "frivolous" and "destructive to the office."

Gelber, a lawyer from Delray Beach, said he would not have brought the suit, and joins fellow Democrats from around the state in slighting its prospects for success.
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