Washington, D.C., August 3, 2005—On Thursday, August 4, the Competitive Enterprise Institute will hold a conference call to discuss its constitutional challenge to the 1998 tobacco settlement, called the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA).
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CEI’s suit alleges that the agreement between 46 states and major tobacco companies violates the Compact Clause (Article I, Section 10) of the U.S. Constitution. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana on behalf of a distributor; two small tobacco manufacturers; a tobacco store; and an individual smoker, against the state’s attorney general, Charles C. Foti, Jr. The complaint is available online at www.ControlAbuseofPower.org.
What: Media conference call to discuss CEI’s legal challenge to the tobacco settlement
When: 10:00 a.m. ET, Thursday, August 4, 2005
Who: Sam Kazman, General Counsel
Hans Bader, Counsel for Special Projects
Christine Hall, Director of Communications (moderator)
For call-in details, please contact Christine Hall at 202.331.2258 or [email protected]