October 16, 2004 |
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. won an antitrust lawsuit brought by a discount cigarette retailer that sought more than $60 million in damages. An eight-person federal jury ruled that R.J. Reynolds didn't violate antitrust rules. Cigarettes Cheaper, based in Benicia, Calif., claimed the company hurt its business by not including it in discounts and two-for-one deals on Reynolds products. A Cigarettes Cheaper spokesman said the retailer planned to appeal the ruling.
October 7, 2004 |
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. will pay $1.46 million as part of a settlement with New York, Illinois and Maryland over the marketing of Kool cigarettes. R.J. Reynolds agreed to "substantial limitations" on future "Kool Mixx" campaigns that authorities said targeted children, New York Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer said. The suit also named British American Tobacco's Brown & Williamson unit, maker of Kool cigarettes, which Reynolds bought in July. A spokeswoman for R.J.