Tobacco, cigarette and e-cig category news for the convenience store retail industry.

Trial date expected in Star Scientific claim against Reynolds

WASHINGTON -- The patent-infringement lawsuit Star Scientific Inc. lodged against the nation's second-largest cigarette company is one step closer to trial. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., let stand a previous ruling this week that revived Star Scientific's...

Cigarette makers display sales resilience in tough economic times

NEW YORK -- Cigarette makers still found people willing to spend even as other industries struggled with a pullback in the third quarter while consumers watched banks collapse and markets teeter. Executives of Philip Morris International Inc. and Reynolds American Inc. said Wednesday that their...

Commonwealth Brands plans expansion strategy

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Commonwealth Brands Inc. announced plans to significantly expand its sales force in the United States. This announcement follows just 19 months after the acquisition of Commonwealth by Imperial Tobacco Group PLC of the United Kingdom, and the introduction of several new brands...

Missouri man, others allegedly bilked state, tribes out of $25 million in taxes
Boston considers pharmacy-tobacco sales ban, including campus stores
For now, sales are up, but San Francisco's pharmacy tobacco sales ban likely to grow.
Altria Group Inc. and UST Inc. announced Friday that the FTC granted early termination of the initial waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976.
And Eclipse trial continues
A Florida judge sentenced James David Joiner, who was found guilty of vending goods with counterfeit trademarks, to 364 days in jail and five years probation.
Will pay $100,000 for costs incurred by investigation, negotiation