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Oklahoma court affirms $47.7M judgment in tribal tobacco case





The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed a $47.7 million judgment in a tribal tobacco case.

The state accused Native Wholesale Supply of violating the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement. The firm was not part of the settlement but must comply with state laws, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled back in June 2010.

The case continued and the company was ordered to pay $47.7 million for selling unauthorized cigarettes. The products were sold between 2007 and 2010, the Associated Press reported.

Native Wholesale Supply declared bankruptcy in 2011. The firm was owned by a member of the Seneca Nation in New York.

In Oklahoma, the Sac and Fox Nation issued a charter to Native Wholesale Supply to sell cigarettes in tribal territory. The 2010 decision held that neither the tribe nor the firm could not escape state laws that implement the tobacco settlement.

The 2014 decision has not yet been posted online.

Native Wholesale Supply has a petition pending with the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices are due to consider Native Wholesale Company v. Idaho at a closed-door conference on June 19, according to Docket No. 13-838.

Get the Story:
Oklahoma Supreme Court upholds $47.7 million award over contraband cigs (AP 6/11)

Prior Oklahoma Supreme Court Decision:
Oklahoma v. Native Wholesale Supply (June 6, 2010)

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