High Court Won't Hear Tobacco Cos.' Spat With Mont.

Law360, New York (June 1, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court rejected on Tuesday a bid by Philip Morris USA Inc. and other tobacco giants for review of a Montana high court's decision not to compel arbitration in a $1.1 billion fight over payments made under the 1998 tobacco master settlement agreement.

In their petition for certiorari, Philip Morris and others that signed on to the MSA contended the Montana Supreme Court violated the Federal Arbitration Act when it refused to force arbitration of their dispute with the state.

“This petition calls upon...
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