7th Circuit Smokes Discount Tobacco Retailer's Appeal

Law360, New York (September 8, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has upheld verdicts in R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.'s favor in an antitrust and trademark dispute with discount retailers.

Recent weeks have been kind to the tobacco company, which also prevailed in district court in a suit that sought to recover Medicare payments that went to treat illnesses related to smoking.

ā€œPretty much every ruling that has come down as of late has been favorable,ā€ said David Howard, a spokesperson for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld two...
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