Vice Squad
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Justice Department Not Ready to Fold on its Bid for $280 Billion

Two weeks ago, a federal appeals court, in a 2-1 decision, gave Big Tobacco a massive lift: the court ruled that the US Justice Department could not force tobacco firms to cough up $280 billion in past profits in the current racketeering case. Today we learn that the Justice Department is seeking en banc review of that decision. Meanwhile, Jacob Sullum explains the threat to free speech posed by the use of the anti-racketeering statutes to go after industries that defend their products.

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