NY Scores Partial Win Over Native-Owned Tobacco Co.

By Adam Lidgett (July 22, 2016, 6:41 PM EDT) -- While a federal judge on Thursday cleared a Native American-owned tobacco maker of most of the federal trafficking claims lodged against it by New York state, he found it liable for certain state law claims in a suit stemming from millions of dollars in allegedly unpaid cigarette taxes.

King Mountain Tobacco Co. beat almost all of the federal claims, including claims under the Contraband Cigarette Trafficking Act and Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act, but it still has to face claims that it sold unstamped cigarettes and violated a fire standards code. The court also said that because King Mountain is a...

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