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Tobacco reps, government enter settlement discussions

[JURIST] The Justice Department and tobacco industry representatives have begun settlement negotiations in the government's racketeering case [DOJ case backgrounder] against the industry, an anonymous source involved with the case said Tuesday. The two sides have met at least once with a court-appointed mediator, but both are under court orders not to discuss the negotiations. The talks were prompted by US District Judge Gladys Kessler [official profile], the trial judge in the five-year-long case. The government has a greater incentive to settle its claims after an appeals court ruling last month that it could not seek $280 billion in past industry profits. Reuters has more.

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