Information Release

XT 2003-10 - Excise And Motor Fuel Tax Division Information Release – Notice About Master Cigarette Settlement Agreement (MSA) – July 22, 2003

DEFAULT JUDGMENTS ISSUED

The Franklin County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas, at the request of the Ohio Attorney General, granted a default judgment against Ranvir Bidi Works. The judgment prohibits them from selling cigarettes to consumers within Ohio, whether directly or through a distributor, retailer, or similar intermediary or intermediaries. The judgment against Ranvir Bidi Works includes, but is not limited to, the Ranvir Bidi brands and is effective immediately and lasts until June 30, 2005.

The default judgment prohibits the sale, but not the possession, of brands manufactured or distributed by Ranvir Bidi Works. Wholesalers, if necessary, may apply for a refund of the Ohio cigarette tax if the stamped packages are returned to the manufacturer in accordance with Ohio Administrative Rule 5703-15-15 or sold out-of-state after the Ohio stamps are removed from the packages.

COMPLAINTS

The Ohio Attorney General's Office filed complaints with the Franklin County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas against the following companies for failure to make payments to a qualified escrow account.

Manufacturer Brands
Hilton Tobaccos Limited Dart
Tobacalera Bouqueron, S.A. Carlyle

 

The complaints seek preliminary and permanent injunctive relief ordering them not to sell cigarettes to consumers in Ohio either directly or through a distributor, retailer, or other similar intermediary or intermediaries and includes, but is not limited to, the above brands.

Any injunction issued against these companies may prohibit the sale, but not the possession, of their products in the state of Ohio. Wholesalers, if necessary, may apply for a refund of the Ohio cigarette tax if the stamped packages are returned to the manufacturer in accordance with Ohio Administrative Rule 5703-15-15 or sold out-of-state after the Ohio stamps are removed from the packages. We will notify you if injunctions are issued.

Please contact the Motor Fuel and Excise Tax Section at (855) 466-3921 if you have any questions.