6th Circ. Snuffs Out Tobacco Settlement Antitrust Case

Law360, Chicago (February 22, 2012, 8:43 PM EST) -- The Sixth Circuit on Wednesday rejected an antitrust challenge to the industry-shifting 1998 master settlement agreement between states and tobacco companies, ruling that tobacco manufacturer and state attorney general defendants were protected from the now-defunct General Tobacco's claims.

In a published opinion, the appeals court affirmed a Kentucky federal court's dismissal of the suit lodged in 2008 by Vibo Corp. Inc., doing business as General Tobacco, that alleged the other tobacco companies' successful lobbying of the AGs to block General Tobacco from amending its settlement terms...
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