Christmas has come early for California's legal aid organizations. This month, $40 million is going out to more than 100 nonprofits and charities across the state from money left over in a class action settlement with makers of chewing tobacco. The money -- in some cases hundreds of thousands of dollars -- will help local legal groups avoid cutting services and jobs as they struggle through the recession.
Legal Aid Groups Reap Tobacco Settlement Windfall
October 28, 2009