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  • WASHINGTON, March 11- Law professors from across the United States urged lawmakers to keep rules to protect foreign investors out of trade pacts on Wednesday, warning they would give big companies too much power. United Nations figures show investor-state claims have jumped since 2002, with high-profile cases such as a challenge by tobacco company Philip...

  • LONDON, March 11- Britain's parliament approved legislation on Wednesday to ban branding on cigarette packs, drawing immediate threats of legal action from the country's $29 billion tobacco industry. "We want all children in our country to grow up free from the burden of disease that tobacco brings," Public Health Minister Jane Ellison said in a statement,...

  • Push against investment rules in trade deals picks up Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 1:31 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, March 11- Law professors from around the United States on Wednesday urged lawmakers to keep rules to protect foreign investors out of trade pacts, warning they would give big companies too much power. United Nations figures show investor-state claims jumped since 2002, with high-profile cases such as a challenge by tobacco company Philip...

  • Vote to ban branded cigarette packs sparks row Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 1:05 PM ET
    An illustration of how a UK cigarette packet would look if the plain packaging regulations were introduced.

    British politicians are expected to approve laws to enforce plain, standardized packaging for cigarettes.

  • LONDON, March 11- Britain's parliament approved legislation on Wednesday to ban branding on cigarette packs, drawing immediate threats of legal action from the country's $29 billion tobacco industry. "We want all children in our country to grow up free from the burden of disease that tobacco brings," Public Health Minister Jane Ellison said in a statement,...

  • Carlos Slim to retire from Phillip Morris board Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 7:12 AM ET
    Billionaire Carlos Slim speaks during an event announcing an alliance between his philanthropic foundation and the World Wildlife Fund in Mexico City, Mexico.

    Phillip Morris International on Wednesday announced that Carlos Slim will retire from its board of directors in May.

  • DUBLIN, March 3- Ireland on Tuesday became the second country in the world to pass legislation requiring cigarettes to be sold in plain packets, despite threats of legal action by tobacco companies opposed to the move. Japan Tobacco International and Imperial Tobacco Group have said they would take legal action against the plan to ban the colourful logos used...

  • Irish parliament passes plain tobacco packaging law Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 12:41 PM ET

    DUBLIN, March 3- Ireland's parliament on Tuesday became the second in the world to pass legislation requiring cigarettes to be sold in plain packets, despite threats of legal action by tobacco companies opposed to the move. Japan Tobacco International and Imperial Tobacco Group have announced they would take legal action against the move to ban the colourful...

  • LONDON, Feb 27- Electronic cigarette firms in Italy say a new levy that doubles the price of e-liquid refills unfairly helps tobacco giants like Philip Morris International and will hurt their industry. The controversy centres on the fact that the lower rate is applied to both electronic cigarettes and to tobacco products such as Marlboro HeatSticks, which...

  • Andrew Hyland, scientific principal investigator on the study and chair of the department of health behavior at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, said they may be transitioning away from cigarettes, or they may be becoming more entrenched. "We were struck by the proportion of users that engaged in polyuse," Mitch Zeller, head of the Food and Drug Administration's...

  • LONDON, Feb 26- British American Tobacco, the world's second-largest cigarette maker, said on Thursday it would take action against the UK government if it enacts a plan to put cigarettes in "plain packaging". The UK parliament is expected to vote on regulations to ban branding on cigarette packs before it is dissolved on March 30, in preparation for the general...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 25- Three major U.S. tobacco companies- R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co, Lorillard Inc and Altria Group's Philip Morris USA- will pay $100 million to settle hundreds of federal lawsuits over smoking, according to an announcement from plaintiffs' lawyers on Wednesday. The agreement will cover more than 400 lawsuits filed in federal court in Florida by smokers...

  • Tobacco giants settle smoking lawsuits for $100M Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 10:43 AM ET
    Tobacco smoking cigarette

    Three major U.S. tobacco companies will pay $100 million to settle hundreds of federal lawsuits over smoking.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 25- Three major U.S. tobacco companies including R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co, Lorillard Inc and Altria Group's Philip Morris USA will pay $100 million to settle hundreds of federal lawsuits over smoking, according to an announcement from plaintiffs' lawyers on Wednesday. The agreement will cover more than 400 lawsuits filed in federal court in Florida...

  • DUBLIN, Feb 17- Ireland is to proceed with plans for a law requiring tobacco companies to sell cigarettes in plain packets, legislation that has prompted a threat of legal action from Japan Tobacco International. Ireland said in 2013 it wanted to become the first country in the European Union to ban branding on cigarette packages. Australia introduced a ban a few...

  • LONDON, Feb 12- Imperial Tobacco Group reported a 4 percent decline in underlying tobacco volumes for its fiscal first quarter, in line with its broader markets, and stood by its outlook for the year. It blamed the timing of price increases, reduced trading in Iraq and lower sales of mass-market cigars in the United States ahead of a brand relaunch.

  • Reynolds America CEO: Fantastic Q4 Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 | 10:42 AM ET
    Reynolds America CEO: Fantastic Q4

    Discussing Reynolds America's "fantastic" 4th quarter and strong year overall, with CEO Susan Cameron.

  • Hamburg, 59, is one of the longest-serving FDA commissioners in the modern era. In a note to staff, Hamburg said it was "with very mixed emotions" that she planned to step down at the end of March and that her tenure as FDA chief "has been the most rewarding of my career." Stephen Ostroff, the FDA's chief scientist, will fill Hamburg's position until a new commissioner is...

  • FDA spokeswoman Stephanie Yao declined to comment. Hamburg, 59, is one of the longest-serving FDA commissioners in the modern era. Stephen Ostroff, the FDA's chief scientist, will fill Hamburg's position until a new commissioner is named, said a second person familiar with the matter.

  • The CNBC Crowdfinance Vice Average Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
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    This list represents the largest capital commitments raised by private U.S. companies actively listed on equity crowdfunding platforms.