A tobacco company is the latest entity to use bankruptcy to try to limit its obligations for a mass tort. This instance, however, is different because the bankruptcy is in Canada, ownership of the tobacco entities ties to Japan, and the bankruptcy follows on after restructuring efforts that a trial judge viewed as probably illegal

Trial has finally arrived for the long-pending and much litigated Donovan class action against big tobacco in federal court in Massachusetts.  For big tobacco, delay apparently is perceived as a friend, but the delay also brought new findings supporting low dose CT scans (2010 post here, and 2015 post here), and a

More and more suits are aimed at big tobacco. Set out below is a press release on two new suits, with more suits said to be on the way.

Boston Non-profit Takes Cigarette Companies to Court

March 26th, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mark Gottlieb – 617-373-2026

The Public Health Advocacy Institute (“PHAI”) announced today

The role of smoking in cancers is an increasingly litigated issue for cancers that are not lung cancer. For example, a current trial in a Takeda- Actos bladder cancer case is reported by LAW360 to include a defense expert assigning causation to “tobacco abuse,” diabetes and excess weight. According to the article:

“Mark Schoenberg, a