Darrell V. McGraw, Jr., Attorney General, et al. v. The American Tobacco Co., et al.

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The State by its Attorney General filed a Motion for Declaratory Judgment asking the circuit court to declare that it had diligently enforced a statute as required by the tobacco Master Settlement Agreement. Whether this statute was diligently enforced impacts the amount of the annual settlement payment the State receives. The circuit court determined that the Agreement requires this issue to be arbitrated, and therefore entered an "Order Granting Defendant Original Participating Manufacturers’ Motion to Compel Arbitration and Stay this Litigation." The State appeals.