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Montana Reaches $100M Settlement with Tobacco Companies

HELENA  —  Attorney General Tim Fox on Monday announced what he called a historic $100 million settlement the state has reached with tobacco companies, adding that $53.5 million of it would be available for the 2021 legislative session.

“Frankly, it’s a great way to go out as Montana’s attorney general,” said Fox, whose term is coming to an end.

The settlement, which Fox said was the largest in the history of the state’s consumer protection counsel, seeks funds Fox said were wrongfully withheld from the state by tobacco companies under the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement, as well as a premium and protection for Montana’s future MSA payments.

“At the heart of this lawsuit is a Montana principle: a deal is a deal,” Fox said.

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