High Court Won't Hear Challenge To 1998 Tobacco Deal

Law360, New York (March 7, 2011, 11:57 AM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear an antitrust challenge to the $200 billion master settlement agreement between state attorneys general and tobacco giants Philip Morris Inc., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Lorillard Tobacco Co. and Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp.

The high court denied a petition for certiorari lodged by nonsettling tobacco company S&M Brands Inc., a consumer and a tobacco shop. The petition claimed the settlement violated the Sherman Act and the compact clause of the U.S. Constitution.

The petitioners maintained that the dismissal...
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