High Court Asked To Review 46-State Tobacco Deal

Law360, New York (February 3, 2011, 6:21 PM EST) -- Two cigarette importers who did not opt into a $200 billion master settlement agreement between 46 states and big tobacco have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their antitrust challenge to the agreement.

The long-running putative class action, brought in 2002 by Freedom Holdings Inc. and International Tobacco Partners Ltd., was defeated in October by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The appeals court found no error in a lower court's rejection of the plaintiffs' Sherman Act and U.S. Constitution commerce clause...
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