Supreme Court Rejects $48M Native American Tobacco Row

Law360, New York (April 20, 2015, 5:33 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review an Oklahoma Supreme Court decision denying Native American cigarette distributor Native Wholesale Supply Co.’s bid to overturn a $48 million fine levied by the state for selling contraband cigarettes.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court had upheld a state district court ruling that NWS, which is chartered by the Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma and owned by a member of the Seneca Nation, owed $48 million under state law for selling a brand of tobacco products to the Muscogee Nation that hadn’t been approved by the state.

The U.S. Supreme Court denied a...

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