Status Changes for 12 Escrow Account Defendants
HELENA – The status of a number of tobacco companies named as defendants in a February 2002 Department of Justice lawsuit against “non-participating manufacturers” has changed. The litigation originally charged that the companies failed to establish or properly fund escrow accounts as required by Montana law.
The companies listed below are either now in compliance with the Montana Tobacco Products Reserve Act, Mont. Code Ann. § 16-11-041 et seq.; are not tobacco product manufacturers as defined by the statutes or have joined the Master Settlement Agreement.
Settlement has been reached and/or litigation has been dismissed against:
Asia Pacific Trading Group
Bailey Tobacco Co.
Carolina Tobacco Co.
Charles Falmorn Handels GMBH
Heupink and Bloeman
Joh. Wilh. Von Eiken
North Atlantic Operating Co.