Philip Morris Loses Tobacco Tax Challenge In 4th Circ.

Law360, Los Angeles (November 20, 2013, 9:03 PM EST) -- A Fourth Circuit panel on Wednesday upheld the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to tax Philip Morris USA Inc. and other cigarette manufacturers based on 2003 rates, ruling that the USDA had reasonably interpreted a congressional mandate to fund subsidies to tobacco farmers by taxing manufacturers.

The court nixed Philip Morris's appeal of a lower court decision allowing the USDA to base assessments funding tobacco subsidies on 2003 tax rates instead of current rates, which are more favorable to cigarette manufacturers. It rejected the tobacco giant's argument...
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Philip Morris USA, Incorporate v. Thomas Vilsack


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12-2498

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Appellate - 4th Circuit

Nature of Suit

2891 Agricultural Acts

Date Filed

December 6, 2012

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