Brown & Williamson, the third-largest cigarette company in the U.S., last year formed a subsidiary, BWT Direct, to sell some of its brands directly to consumers. Last October Brown & Williamson challenged New York's ban, which was temporarily lifted until the court heard the case. U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Preska ruled that the ban violated interstate commerce laws. -- Cara Beardi
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