August 29, 2006

Court dismisses lawsuit against tobacco companies

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. on
Tuesday said a Federal District Court in Massachusetts
dismissed a lawsuit brought against the company and other
tobacco manufacturers by United Seniors Association Inc.

United Seniors was seeking to recover medical expense
reimbursements made by Medicare since August 4, 1999, to treat
Medicare recipients for illnesses attributable to cigarette

R.J. Reynolds, an indirect subsidiary of Reynolds American
Inc., said the decision marks the fourth time a federal court
has dismissed claims against the tobacco industry under the
so-called Medicare as a Secondary Payer law.