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The American IllnessEssays on the Rule of Law$
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F. H. Buckley

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300175219

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300175219.001.0001

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Regulation, Taxation, and Litigation

Regulation, Taxation, and Litigation

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(p.270) Regulation, Taxation, and Litigation
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The American Illness
Author(s):

W. Kip Viscusi

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300175219.003.0013

This chapter focuses on three policy mechanisms—regulation, taxation, and litigation. It demonstrates that litigation by government entities may lead to settlements that impose excessive regulations and financial penalties equivalent to tax. The chapter pays special attention to the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA), in which the court approved an agreement among tobacco companies and state attorneys-general that heavily regulated the tobacco industry.

Keywords:   regulation, taxation, litigation, settlements, Master Settlement Agreement, financial penalties, tobacco industry

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