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United States Claims Tobacco Company Owes $30,000 Under FERTA

Mealey's (November 10, 2016, 12:16 PM EST) -- STATESBORO, Ga. — The United States on Nov. 8 sued the Southern Tobacco Co. in federal court in Georgia, alleging that it violated the Fair and Equitable Tobacco Reform Act of 2004 (FERTA) by failing to pay up to $30,000 in assessments (United States of America v. Southern Tobacco Co., No. 6:16-cv-00152, S.D. Ga.).

(Complaint available.  Document #04-161116-002C.)

The United States says Southern Tobacco failed to make payments under FERTA, which is designed to transition tobacco farmers into a free market system.  It seeks judgment against...
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