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Philip Morris USA, Incorporated v. Vilsack, 12-2498

Summary judgment for defendant United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on plaintiff's challenge to its decision regarding the implementation of the Fair and Equitable Tobacco Reform Act (FETRA) is affirmed, where the district court properly concluded that defendant USDA's decision to use 2003 tax rates instead of current tax rates in calculating how assessments are to be allocated across manufacturers of different tobacco products was based upon a reasonable interpretation of FETRA.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 11/20/2013
  • Decided 11/20/2013
  • Published 11/20/2013




  • United States Fourth Circuit


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