Lausanne/Switzerland (ots-PRNewswire) - On May 12, following a
string of identical decisions, the Regional Court of Hagen, Germany,
dismissed another smoker's request for legal aid. The smoker had
sought legal aid to pay for litigation against Philip Morris Germany.
This is the latest of five decisions by five different Regional
Courts in Germany denying requests for legal aid by smokers suing
tobacco companies. Although the facts of the cases were different,
the Courts decided in each case that there was no basis for an award
of legal aid to pursue these claims. These decisions are significant
as the German Courts each time analysed the merits of each case as
part of the process of deciding whether to grant legal aid. As in
previous cases, the application for legal aid in the case "Kuehn vs.
PMG, RJR (JTI)" has been denied because the Court found that no
"reasonable likelihood of success" existed. Although these decisions
do not cause the cases to go away, they provide tremendous insight
into the Courts' ultimate disposition.
Speaking for Philip Morris Europe SA, Mark Transon said "These
decisions reflect the view held by most Europeans that the decision
to smoke is one of adult choice". He added "The time has come to put
behind us the acrimony that has sometimes characterised the issues
surrounding tobacco and smoking. Our aim is to establish a
constructive and lasting dialogue with all concerned parties, in
Germany and elsewhere. We want to find mutually acceptable solutions
that address the need to prevent underage smoking, the right of
adults to make the individual decision to smoke and the legitimate
concerns of the public health community."
ots Original Text Service: Philip Morris Europe SA
Mark Transon, Philip Morris Europe SA, +4121 618 6778
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