Tobacco Accords Don't Violate Sherman Act: 10th Circ.

Law360, New York (July 25, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In the latest legal battle over the 1998 tobacco company settlement, a federal appeals court has found that two states' amendment agreements for tobacco manufacturers that didn't sign the original settlement do not violate the Sherman Act.

Circuit Judge David M. Ebel, writing for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit Wednesday, affirmed the district courts' dismissal of Xcaliber International Limited LLC and KT&G Corp.'s claims against the attorneys general of Kansas and Oklahoma.

The tobacco companies had alleged that the Sherman Act preempted...
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