Small tobacco manufacturers are fighting back against a newly enacted state fee that they say punishes them for the past sins of their larger competitors.
In a lawsuit filed this week in Travis County, the Texas Small Tobacco Coalition maintains that lawmakers unfairly targeted its members by assessing a new fee only on their cigarettes. Major tobacco manufacturers have already been paying about the same amount as part of the state’s 1997 legal settlement and were not subject to an additional surcharge under House Bill 3536.
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