Last Defendants Dropped From Cigarette Antitrust Suit

Law360, New York (December 3, 2009, 5:45 PM EST) -- General Tobacco has voluntarily dismissed the last two tobacco companies left in an antitrust suit it brought against a slew of cigarette makers and 52 attorneys general over a 1998 master settlement agreement it claims made it harder for smaller companies to break into the lucrative tobacco industry.

Mayodan, N.C.-based General Tobacco moved to dismiss defendants M/s Dhanraj International and Societe National D’Exploitation Industrielles des Tabacs et Allumettes from the lawsuit on Wednesday after they neglected to appear before the U.S. District Court for the Western...
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