La. Judge Orders $264M Payday From Tobacco Cos.

Law360, New York (July 22, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Upholding a 2004 New Orleans jury verdict against the largest tobacco companies in the U.S., a Louisiana judge has ordered the companies to pay $263.5 million to the state to help fund a 10-year smoking cessation program.

In an order filed on July 21, Judge Richard Ganucheau of the Orleans Parish, now retired, ignored requests from the tobacco companies for a new trial and ordered the defendants to deposit the money in the court registry for the stop-smoking program, Dow Jones News reported Tuesday.

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