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U.S. SUPREME COURT REJECTS CLAIMS MADE BY THE LIGGETT GROUP AGAINST BROWN & WILLIAMSON TOBACCO CORPORATION

 LOUISVILLE, Ky., June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected claims made by the Liggett Group Inc., that Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation injured competition when B&W began sales of value-priced cigarettes in 1984.
 The decision by the Supreme Court ends the suit which was filed by Liggett in 1984.
 "Brown & Williamson is very pleased the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to uphold the decision of the Fourth Circuit and U.S. District Court concerning claims made in the `Liggett' case," says Michael McGraw, senior vice president. "Since this case began, we believed that our position would be upheld by the courts. Today, we are very pleased to confirm that Brown & Williamson has won on all issues claimed by Liggett. Brown & Williamson is delighted to finally have this lengthy case concluded."
 Arguments before the Supreme Court occurred earlier this year.
 Headquartered in Louisville, Brown & Williamson is a subsidiary of B.A.T. Industries, p.l.c., London. The company's U.S. cigarette brands are Kool, Richland, Capri, Viceroy, Raleigh, Belair, Barclay, and GPC Approved. Principal international brands are Capri, Barclay, Kool, Viceroy, Kent, Lucky Strike, and Pall Mall.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Fitzgerald, 502-568-7468, or Joe Helewicz, 502-568-7801, both of Brown & Williamson/


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