Pennsylvania Attorney General Fisher Praises Commonwealth Court Decision Upholding Tobacco Settlement
Attorney General Mike Fisher today applauded the Commonwealth Court's decision to affirm the trial court's approval of Pennsylvania's historic settlement with the tobacco industry.
``I am very pleased that the Commonwealth Court has thrown out the only remaining challenge to Pennsylvania's tobacco settlement,'' Fisher said. ``This decision is good news for the taxpayers of Pennsylvania who are waiting for the first installment of the $11.2 billion the Commonwealth will receive from the tobacco industry.''
Commonwealth Court today denied the appeal of Robert Sklaroff, M.D. to intervene in the tobacco settlement. In its decision, the court agreed with Fisher that a self-appointed anti-tobacco activist does not have standing to represent the public's interest. The order affirms Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge John W. Herron's January 1999 decision denying Sklaroff's intervention and approving the settlement.