Altria Unit Files Suit Over NYC Flavored Tobacco Ban

Law360, New York (January 5, 2010, 2:18 PM EST) -- U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Manufacturing Co., a maker of chewing tobacco products and a unit of Altria Group Inc., has launched a campaign to prevent New York City from enacting an ordinance that would ban the sale of virtually all flavored tobacco products.

The company filed a lawsuit against the city Dec. 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, claiming the ordinance was invalid under the U.S. Constitution and preempted by a new federal law regarding the regulation of tobacco products....
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