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Attorney General Appeals Lawsuit Regarding Tobacco Funds

Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed an appeal yesterday against the recent ruling that took away $60 million the state was supposed to get from a landmark tobacco settlement in the 1990s.

The money from large tobacco companies was to be used for health programs across the state, and the ruling will cost the state nearly half of the $131 million it was supposed to receive next year.

As reported in October, part of the settlement requires states to ensure those companies are paying the correct amounts into escrow. An arbitrator ruled Indiana is failed to do so.

In the appeal, Zoeller says the judges exceeded their authority under law and the process they used prejudiced Indiana’s case. Zoeller asserts the panel unfairly judged Indiana by using a legal definition they created after the fact and imposed retroactively. He says the panel based their ruling on erroneous findings and disregarded the state’s own laws.

The appeal was filed in Marion County Civil Superior Court in Indianapolis.

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