Supreme Court Denies Cert In Tobacco Antitrust Suit

Law360, New York (May 12, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has brought an end to a proposed antitrust class action claiming the 1998 master settlement agreement created between tobacco companies and states allowed cigarette manufacturers to establish an illegal price-fixing scheme.

On Monday, the Supreme Court denied certiorari to the class action originally filed in California by cigarette smoker Steve Sanders in 2004 on behalf of a putative class of smokers.

The suit was filed against the state’s attorney general and the four leading U.S. cigarette manufacturers — Philip Morris USA Inc.,...
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