Tobacco Settlement

NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports from Seattle that Washington is the first state to finalize the 206 billion dollar national tobacco settlement. Washington State Attorney General Christine Gregoire was the lead negotiator during five months of talks with tobacco companies. Yesterday she asked the trial judge to dismiss Washington State's lawsuit, in return for a consent decree that incorporates the terms of the master settlement. 46 states and five territories have signed on to the deal.



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