RJ Reynolds Must Pay Miss. $8M For Unreported Smokes

Law360, New York (August 24, 2011, 7:47 PM EDT) -- A Mississippi judge on Wednesday ordered R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. to pay the state more than $8 million in new damages owed under the landmark 1997 settlement between state attorneys general and tobacco companies for unreported cigarette shipments.

Judge Jaye A. Bradley ruled that R.J. Reynolds subsidiary Brown & Williamson had cheated the state out of money owed under the agreement by failing to account for at least 600 million cigarettes it shipped.

The 1997 deal, which settled an onslaught of litigation against the tobacco industry,...
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