A Manhattan judge has rejected New York state’s bid to collect $15 million from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. for allegedly violating a 1998 settlement agreement prohibiting the use of cartoons and non-tobacco-related merchandise to sell cigarettes.

At issue was a 2007 nine-page ad for independent music that depicted “flying radios with propellers” and a tractor “made of film reels” in Rolling Stone magazine. The ad campaign also featured a Web site and a CD, which was sent to R.J. Reynold’s customers.

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