Posted by: audreybenenati | February 22, 2010

U.S. Asks Justices to Review Tobacco Company Ruling


The Justice Department asked the Supreme Court on Friday to review a 2006 federal fraud racketeering conviction against the tobacco industry and to authorize the district judge in the case to require tobacco companies to give up as much as $280 billion in “ill-gotten gains.”

Also on Friday, Philip Morris, R. J. Reynolds, Lorillard and British American Tobacco filed papers asking the Supreme Court to overturn the racketeering conviction or return it to an appellate court for review.

It will be at least a month before the court decides whether to take the case.

Read the rest at http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/20/business/20smoke.html

This story was also covered by the LA Times:
The tobacco industry and the Obama administration filed dueling appeals with the U.S. Supreme Court on the government’s racketeering suit against the industry, a case that at one point sought $280 billion…Read the rest at


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