The battle over $1.2 billion the tobacco industry owes states under a 1998 settlement has intensified. The tobacco companies, which want to pay less, contend the issue should go to arbitration by a three-judge panel. The states prefer to handle the matter in state courts. Attorneys general in New Jersey, Ohio and California filed new lawsuits Tuesday, and New York and Connecticut may follow. "We were, and remain, entitled to full payment," California's Bill Lockyer said in a statement.
Billion-Dollar Battle Intensifies Between States and Tobacco Industry
The Associated Press
April 19, 2006