Miller Welcomes U.S. Tobacco Lawsuit"This can be a big step for taxpayers and for justice," Miller says.
MOINES-- Attorney General Tom Miller said he welcomes the massive
lawsuit filed today by the United States against the tobacco industry.
Miller said the federal lawsuit does not affect the outcome of Iowa's lawsuit, which was filed in 1996 and settled late last year with tobacco industry payments to Iowa totaling $1.9 billion scheduled for the next 25 years.
The U.S. suit seeks to recover costs borne by the federal government in health claims paid to veterans, military personnel, federal employees, elderly Americans through Medicare, and other costs.