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   Ruling Could Cripple U.S. Case Vs. Tobacco

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2/4/2005 12:00 am

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Entered 2/4/2005, Updated 2/4/2005

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AP) - An appeals court Friday dealt a major blow to the government's attempt to hold the tobacco industry accountable for decades of alleged deceit about the dangers of smoking, ruling the Justice Department can't seek $280 billion in penalties. In a 2-1 decision, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found the government could not use a federal racketeering law to seek the huge penalty


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