Tobacco Companies Sue NYC To Kill Coupon, Discount Ban

Law360, New York (January 31, 2014, 6:36 PM EST) -- R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and other tobacco manufacturers and retailers sued New York City on Thursday in an attempt to invalidate a recently enacted prohibition on the use of discounts or coupons for cigarette sales.

The ban, part of an ordinance passed in October aimed at restricting tobacco sales, violates manufacturers' and retailers' constitutional right to free speech, according to a complaint filed in federal court by R.J. Reynolds, Altria Group Inc. unit Philip Morris USA Inc., Lorillard Tobacco Inc. and three tobacco retailer advocacy groups....
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