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Tobacco Company pays family of deceased Boston smoker $79 million to settle wrongful death claim

Monday, January 18th, 2016

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Jury awards widower $10 million in the death of wife who suffered lung cancer due to smoking

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

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NJOY and Fontem Sued for Failing to Warn Consumers that Their Products Contain Formaldehyde and Acetyldehyde

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

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Unregulated Supplements Send Thousands to the Hospital Every Year

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Read the full story from the Boston Globe



After Settlement, PHAI Continues Commitment to Ending Youth Access to MA Lottery Ticket Vending Machines

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:  Mark Gottlieb at (617) 373-2206

-Boston

As part of its mission to end youth access to lottery ticket vending machines in Massachusetts, the Public Health Advocacy Institute (PHAI) announced today that it has settled a lawsuit with Star Markets.

In March, PHAI, a non-profit organization based at Northeastern University, brought suit against the supermarket chain in the Massachusetts Superior Court on behalf of the Stop Predatory lotteryGambling Foundation and Cambridge City Councilor Craig Kelley, who alleged that his teenage son had been able to use lottery ticket vending machines at two Star Market stores.

Under the settlement, Star Markets commits to using an age verification device that the Massachusetts Lottery Commission recently installed on all lottery ticket vending machines in Star Markets’ Massachusetts stores.  The device prohibits a person from using the vending machine until a driver’s license or government-issued identification card demonstrating that the user is at least 18-years-old is scanned.

Plaintiff Councilor Kelley observed, “My son and I are very happy to have been part of this effort to protect children in Cambridge and throughout Massachusetts.”

Andrew Rainer, Litigation Director of PHAI, applauded Star Markets for ensuring that the vending machines in its stores are not used by children.  “Unfortunately,” he noted, “there are still almost 1,200 older lottery ticket machines in the state that don’t yet have the age-verification technology,” He continued by noting that “some of those machines are located in kid-friendly locations, like bowling alleys and convenience stores.”

 



Consumers Claim That Gerber Baby Foods Don’t Actually Contain the Vegetables Shown on Labels

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

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California Watchdog Finds Cancer-Causing Chemicals in the Majority of Nearly 100 E-cigarettes Tested.

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

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Top Boston Firms Join Forces with Public Health Advocacy Institute

Monday, September 21st, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:  Mark Gottlieb or Andrew Rainer  617-373-2026

In March, the non-profit Public Health Advocacy Institute (“PHAI”) announced that it had formed a center to bring important public health litigation, and had hired a former Assistant Attorney General to oversee this litigation in the Massachusetts courts.  Today, PHAI, which is based at Northeastern University, announced the filing of its latest suit, and also the formation of a strategic alliance with a group of prominent Boston lawyers to pursue important public health cases, including cases against the tobacco industry on behalf of the families of former smokers who have suffered devastating disease from cigarettes.

“We are so pleased to be working with this outstanding group of lawyers to help some of tobacco’s victims in Massachusetts,” said Andrew Rainer, PHAI’s Litigation Director and Director of the Center for Public Health Litigation.  Working together with PHAI will be:

PHAI’s latest suit, filed today in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn together with Perkins and Brody, Hardoon, Perkins & Kesten, LLC, is brought on behalf of Linda Troupe and her husband Carleton against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Donelan’s Supermarkets, Inc. of Littleton, Massachusetts.  Mrs. Troupe, who smoked Winston and Kool cigarettes for over 35 years, was diagnosed in 2013 with throat cancer.  The suit alleges that, in order to treat Mrs. Troupe’s cancer, doctors had to remove her larynx, and she has lost most of her ability to speak with her four children and eleven grandchildren.

Arrowood, Peters, DeWick and Leifer will be working with PHAI on two cases previously filed in the Middlesex Court — the first brought for the family of James Flavin, Jr., a former executive of Filene’s and Staples, who died of lung cancer in 2012 after smoking Newport cigarettes for over 40 years, and the second brought for Patricia Greene, a Newton realtor, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2013, even though she had stopped smoking Marlboro cigarettes 25 years earlier.

Arrowood is the current President of the Boston Bar Association, and a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  Perkins is a founding partner of Brody, Hardoon, Perkins & Kesten, and a previous Lawyer of the Year.  Leifer, a former partner of Thornton & Naumes (now the Thornton firm), represented the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in its successful litigation against the tobacco industry to recover the health care costs incurred by the state in caring for residents harmed by smoking.  Boyle and Yarashus are past Presidents of the Massachusetts Bar Association.  Boyle also served as President of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now the American Association for Justice), and is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

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Massachusetts Attorney General Issues Regulation Prohibiting the Sale of E-cigarettes to Minors and Requiring Use of Tamper-Resistant Packaging

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

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R.J. Reynolds Hit with Suit for Failing to Disclose Cancer-Causing Chemicals in Its Vuse Cigarettes

Friday, September 11th, 2015

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