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U.S. Asks Court To Uphold Ruling On Light Cigarettes

Law360 (November 20, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. government has asked an appeals court to affirm a federal judge’s ruling that major tobacco companies violated anti-racketeering laws by promoting light cigarettes as safe, according to published reports.

In a filing to the Court of Appeals in Washington, the government said that U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler, who found against the companies in August 2006 in a 1600-page decision, did not abuse her discretion. In her decision, she banned them from labeling their cigarettes “light” or low-tar,” the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday....
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