TOKYO-The Japanese Diet passed a product liability bill under which consumers can receive compensation for injury that can be proven from a faulty product. Consumers previously had to prove manufacturers' negligence. The law takes effect next June.
LAUSANNE-Local authorities are determining if a Marlboro Medium cigarettes giveaway violated national law. Philip Morris mailed packs to thousands of coupon respondents claiming to be 18 or older, sparking an outcry. Swiss law bans sales of cigarettes to minors.