Pa. Rejects Settlement Over Tobacco Giants' Payment Deal

Law360, Los Angeles (April 16, 2013, 7:13 PM EDT) -- The state of Pennsylvania will not accept a settlement offer from members of the tobacco industry, and will instead continue to litigate a 1998 “master settlement agreement” alongside 30 other states, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced Tuesday.

The announcement comes four months after R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Philip Morris USA Inc. and other cigarette manufacturers secured more than $1.65 billion in credits as part of a deal with 19 U.S. states and territories over payment disputes from the 1998 master settlement agreement, which resolved...
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