Nigerian State Drops $23B Tobacco Suit

Law360, New York (February 25, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- One of three Nigerian states to challenge the tobacco industry's marketing tactics has reportedly withdrawn its multibillion-dollar lawsuit.

The government of Lagos, which sued British American Tobacco Plc, Altria Group's Philip Morris International and Nigeria's International Tobacco Ltd for almost $23 billion, told a state high court it wished to “wholly discontinue” the action, Reuters reported Monday.

The international cigarette giants reportedly still face similar suits by two other Nigerian states — Kano and Gombe — and the country's federal government, which wants to ban the...
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