Pa. attorney general seeks tobacco company money
The Attorney General's Office filed complaints in Commonwealth Court yesterday against three tobacco companies for failing to comply with the November 1998 national tobacco settlement, which required companies to join the settlement or contribute to an es
The complaints allege that Jash International of Illinois, Cigtec Tobacco of Virginia and Sun Tobacco of Florida sold cigarettes in Pennsylvania last year but failed to join the settlement agreement or create the escrow accounts, Attorney General Mike Fisher said. The complaints seek to recoup $100,000.
Under state law, tobacco companies that do not participate in the settlement must pay approximately one cent per cigarette sold within the state into an escrow account, money to be used to pay future judgments received by the state.
Cigtec declined comment on the complaint. Sun Tobacco referred questions to its owner, who was not available for comment. Efforts to reach Jash were unsuccessful.