Tobacco sector Courting trouble

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Always prone to litigation risk, US tobacco companies are being hit with one of the most monumental lawsuits yet: a $280 billion civil lawsuit filed by the US Department of Justice. Federal litigators are claiming that cigarette manufacturers have violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations Act, a law originally put in place to fight organised crime, by systematically suppressing evidence of the health risks of smoking and the fact that nicotine is addictive. But the

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