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Missouri Judge Delays State's Settlement

St. Louis Circuit Judge Jimmie Edwards said that he would delay Missouri's tobacco settlement until he determines if the deal illegally denies local governments and hospitals the right to seek further damages.

A verdict is expected in 45 days. Last week, St. Louis, Kansas City, and 53 hospitals filed a motion to intervene in the settlement.

Source: KANSAS CITY STAR (on-line), (12/21/98) "Judge Delays Missouri's Tobacco Settlement"