Tribal Cos. Can't Escape NY's Contraband Cigarettes Suit

Law360 (February 11, 2019, 8:41 PM EST) -- A New York federal judge on Monday rejected a magistrate's recommendation to dismiss a suit by the state against Native American-owned companies in litigation over their sale of untaxed and unstamped contraband cigarettes.

The Western New York district court found that federal anti-contraband statutes applied to the Native American companies because they were not separate political entities exempt from the statutes but should be considered part of New York state and subject to the law.

Grand River, an American Indian organization, manufactured cigarettes in Canada. Title to the cigarettes transferred in Canada to another American Indian organization, Native Wholesale. Native Wholesale then...

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October 27, 2014

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