Tobacco, cigarette and e-cig category news for the convenience store retail industry.

Sues 52 AGs, 19 companies, alleging restraint of trade, more

MAYODAN, N.C. -- Manufacturer and distributor General Tobacco (GT) is suing 52 state and territorial attorneys general and 19 tobacco companies. GT is asking for treble damages in excess of $1 billion from competitors for allegedly conspiring with the states to set up the Master Settlement...

Ebert to lead tobacco company 's sales department

MAYODAN, N.C. -- General Tobacco announced the appointment of Gary Ebert as chief sales officer. Ebert will oversee the structural and development of the company 's sales department. "We are pleased to have Gary as part of our team," said J. Ronald Denman, executive vice president and general...

Trial date expected in Star Scientific claim against Reynolds

WASHINGTON -- The patent-infringement lawsuit Star Scientific Inc. lodged against the nation's second-largest cigarette company is one step closer to trial. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., let stand a previous ruling this week that revived Star Scientific's...

Cigarette makers display sales resilience in tough economic times
Commonwealth Brands plans expansion strategy
Missouri man, others allegedly bilked state, tribes out of $25 million in taxes
Boston considers pharmacy-tobacco sales ban, including campus stores
For now, sales are up, but San Francisco's pharmacy tobacco sales ban likely to grow.
Altria Group Inc. and UST Inc. announced Friday that the FTC granted early termination of the initial waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976.
And Eclipse trial continues