THE EUROPEAN Commission has re-launched its civil case against Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds, teaming up from the start with Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland and Luxembourg, to scupper any further defence that the EU had no substantive complaint against the tobacco firms.

Brussels original case that the firms had assisted tobacco smuggling and hence a loss of customs revenue, had been struck down in a New York district court by a judge who ruled that because the Commission did not ...

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