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Court Asks for More Time in General Tobacco Case

MAYODAN, N.C. -- An Arkansas court that Monday denied a move by the Arkansas Attorney General to de-list General Tobacco's cigarette brands from the directory of approved brands, has vacated that order and is giving the state until Feb. 8, 2010, to file further papers before ruling in the case.

General Tobacco (GT) is optimistic concerning the Arkansas action and has requested that all states, at a minimum, refrain from delisting its brands, and reinstitute General Tobacco's brands where they have been de-listed until a court has considered and ruled on the grounds for delisting, the company said in a statement.

However, GT informed customers they should continue to respect the de-listing date of Feb. 18 that was previously announced until they hear otherwise.

GT said that the Jan. 26, order, issued by the Circuit Court of Pulaski County should prevent Arkansas and any other state that is part of the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) from de-listing GT's cigarette brands.

CSNews Online reported last week that General Tobacco products can no longer be sold in Washington or 17 other states as of Feb. 19, according to The Washington Attorney General's Office, which claimed the company had not made the required payments under the MSA.

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