Court Snuffs Out Protest Of Master Tobacco Deal

Law360, New York (March 21, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge on Thursday dismissed a long-running antitrust challenge to the $200 billion settlement between state attorneys general and tobacco giants Philip Morris Inc., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Lorillard Tobacco Co. and Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp.

In an order granting summary judgment to the state defendants, Judge John F. Keenan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that the settlement agreement did not promote anticompetitive behavior in violation of the Sherman Act. Additionally, the agreement was...
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