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Winston, Kool, Salem and Maverick cigarettes. ALM/courtesy photos. Winston, Kool, Salem and Maverick cigarettes. ALM/courtesy photos.

When R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. joined a handful of competitors in signing onto an $11.3 billion settlement agreement with the Florida government in 1997, it probably didn’t expect to be haunted by the wording of that contract in a 2020 appellate ruling.

But that’s what happened Wednesday when the Fourth District Court of Appeal found the company still must pay millions in damages per year for cigarette brands it no longer owns.

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Raychel Lean

Raychel Lean is ALM's Florida bureau chief, overseeing the Daily Business Review. Email her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter via @raychellean.

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