9 States Win At Least $168M In Tobacco Settlement Dispute

Law360, Los Angeles (September 12, 2013, 9:14 PM EDT) -- Tobacco companies will pay at least $168 million to nine states as part of a 1998 settlement in which the companies agreed to make annual payments to cover government medical expenses for tobacco-related illnesses, after an arbitration panel found Wednesday that the states hadn’t breached their enforcement obligations under the deal.

The arbitration panel rejected claims by so-called Big Tobacco that the states had failed to collect payments from tobacco companies that weren’t part of the settlement, breaching a key enforcement stipulation of the agreement, according...
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