Tobacco Law Doesn't Void Court Jurisdiction: Judge

Law360, New York (June 1, 2011, 8:07 PM EDT) -- A federal judge in Washington ruled Wednesday that recently enacted tobacco control legislation did not cancel out a district court’s jurisdiction to impose injunctions against Philip Morris USA Inc. and other tobacco companies following a landmark ruling in 2006.

U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler ruled that nothing in the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act provided grounds for the District of Columbia to extinguish jurisdiction over the government’s Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit against the tobacco industry.

The ruling denies a motion...
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