Judge Says Tobacco Co. Not Liable In RICO Ad Suit

Law360, New York (March 29, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT) -- A federal judge ruled Monday that a U.S. Supreme Court decision cleared British American Tobacco Investment Ltd. of racketeering violations in a decade-old lawsuit alleging tobacco companies lied to consumers about the health effects of cigarettes.

Judge Gladys Kessler of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia said the Supreme Court's 2010 ruling in Morrison v. National Australia Bank Ltd. relieved U.K.-based British American of any liability under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act because most of its activity occurred abroad.

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