Sunday, August 07, 2005

Coker v. Foti

There has been an interesting lawsuit filed in state court in Shreveport, Louisiana -- Coker v. Foti -- which challenges the Master Settlement Agreement between the states and certain tobacco companies as a violation of the Compact Clause (via the Conspiracy). All I will say about this case is that I have been on the lookout for it since November 1998. Jonathan Rauch provides some background and superficial analysis over at the National Journal. Brandweek has another report.

I'll be keeping an eye on Coker as its get underway. Understand, though, that for reasons similar to those I've referred to before, this blog will be reporting just the facts. Insofar as the case will proceed against an almost barren legal landscape (in terms of the constitutional claim presented), it should prove quite interesting.