R.J. Reynolds Price-Discrimination Case Dismissed

Law360, New York (February 27, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- An antitrust lawsuit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco brought by a group of wholesalers who complained of a price-discrimination campaign has been thrown out of court for the second time.

A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court’s dismissal of the action against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, which alleged the company’s Wholesale Partners Program (WPP) was discriminatory and resulted in millions of dollars in lost profits.

In affirming a Tennessee federal court’s ruling, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals said the program, which awarded distributors for selling...
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