In Wisconsin, Kansas and Tennessee, unfair competition suits failed to squeeze hard currency out of U.S. Tobacco, the country's dominant seller of smokeless tobacco products. The plaintiffs in those cases settled for coupons to buy more of the snuff instead. But not in California. This morning, antitrust attorneys are set to ask a San Francisco judge to OK a $96 million settlement to resolve claims that U.S. Tobacco engaged in "extensive restrictive and exclusionary acts" to eliminate competition.
Calif. Judge to Chew Over $96 Million Figure in Snuff Antitrust Case
October 17, 2007