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DOJ asks U.S. Supreme Court to take tobacco case

The Department of Justice asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday for permission to seek as much as $280 billion from the tobacco industry.

DOJ lawyers are seeking to overturn a D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that limited the amount the government can seek from the companies for allegedly misleading the public about the health risks of smoking. The court had ruled that the companies can't be forced to give up past profits.

The decision had prompted the government to seek $14 billion from the industry rather than the higher amount. The move brought widespread criticism from health advocates and complaints by Democrats.

Get the Story:
Justice Dept. Seeks to Pursue Tobacco Profits (The Washington Post 7/19)
U.S. Seeks Higher Damages in Tobacco Industry Suit (The New York Times 7/19)

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