Tobacco Cos. Fight Racketeering Ruling On Appeal

Law360, New York (October 13, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The country's largest tobacco companies squared off against the federal government on Tuesday in a bid to overturn a finding that they formed an illegal enterprise and conspired to systematically hide and deny evidence of the harms of smoking for over half a century.

In oral arguments on Tuesday, leading tobacco makers Philip Morris USA Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., among others, argued to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that the government did not have the right to use a lawsuit...
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