Attorney General Jay Nixon wards off criticism that he waited too long to get into the national tobacco lawsuit settlement. His challenger, Sam Jones, says Missouri’s late entrance into the suit cost the state millions of dollars in the final settlement. But Nixon says there was no reason to sue companies producing products that can be legally consumed, until it became clear they were marketing to children. Jones says Missouri is not likely to ever see all of the $6.7 billion dollars some have calculated the state could receive from the settlement.
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