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2005-08-24 20:34:22

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department told a federal judge on Wednesday that cigarette makers should have to pay the legal costs the government has incurred if it prevails in its long-running racketeering case against them. Lawyers for the department made the request in a brief filed with U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler, saying the cost of pursuing the case had been inflated by "both questionable and vexatious litigation tactics" tobacco companies had used throughout...

2005-08-15 18:21:31

By Tim Dobbyn WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department told a judge on Monday it had shown cigarette makers engaged in a 50-year scheme to deceive consumers about smoking's dangers and sanctions were needed to prevent future wrongdoing. Tobacco companies countered that the government's case ignored restrictions placed on the industry in a 1998 settlement with state attorneys general and had failed to show the formation of a unlawful enterprise, as required to prove...

2005-07-18 16:55:49

By Peter Kaplan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Monday asked the Supreme Court to reinstate a potential $280 billion penalty in the government's racketeering case against cigarette makers. Lawyers for the department filed a petition with the high court asking it to review an appeals court decision that barred the government from seeking past tobacco profits as a legal remedy for decades of alleged fraud by the tobacco industry. "The government cannot protect the...

2005-07-18 14:40:25

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Monday asked the Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that has hobbled the government's racketeering case against cigarette makers. Lawyers for the department filed a petition with the high court asking it to review an appeals court decision that barred the government from seeking $280 billion in past tobacco profits as a legal remedy for decades of alleged fraud by the tobacco industry. Targeted in the lawsuit are Altria Group Inc. and...

2005-06-28 06:09:21

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has asked afederal judge to force cigarette makers to fund a $10 billionquit-smoking program and another $4 billion for an anti-smokingeducation campaign. Lawyers for the Justice Department told U.S. District JudgeGladys Kessler late on Monday in a motion with the court thatthe smoking cessation program and other remedies were needed tocorrect decades of alleged tobacco industry fraud. The $10 billion would pay for a nationwide program thatwould...

2005-06-28 18:52:28

By Peter Kaplan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The government has asked a federaljudge to require cigarette makers to fund a $10 billionquit-smoking program and $4 billion for an anti-smokingeducation campaign to remedy decades of alleged fraud by theindustry. Lawyers for the Justice Department told U.S. District JudgeGladys Kessler in a motion with the court late on Monday thatthe smoking cessation program and other remedies should beimposed if the judge rules in favor of the government in...

2005-06-28 15:13:40

By Peter Kaplan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The government asked a federal judgeto require cigarette makers to fund a $10 billion quit-smokingprogram and $4 billion for an anti-smoking education campaignto remedy decades of alleged fraud by the industry. Lawyers for the Justice Department told U.S. District JudgeGladys Kessler in a motion with the court late on Monday thatthe smoking cessation program and other remedies should beimposed if the judge rules in favor of the government in...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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