Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Tobacco vs. tobacco - Fourth Circuit affirms summary judgment on antitrust claims against Philip Morris

In RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co. v. Philip Morris USA, Inc., the Fourth Circuit in a per curiam opinion for the panel of Judges Widener and Michael and Senior District Judge Richard Williams from the E.D. Va. in Richmond affirmed a North Carolina court's entry of summary judgment for Philip Morris on state and federal law anti-trust claims related to the marketing of cigarettes. Interestingly, David Boies argued for Philip Morris, and on the other side of the case, among others, Boies' old firm, Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

The AP has this report on today's decision.

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