Tobacco companies go back on their deal to compensate growers and quota holders. At least that's what plaintiff's attorneys are telling the North Carolina Supreme Court.
The payments were part of the 1998 multi-billion dollar anti-smoking settlement. The court was told Monday companies owe $424 million to growers in 14 states, including Kentucky.
An attorney for the tobacco companies says they were cleared of payment obligations last fall when President Bush signed legislation buying out tobacco farmers from a decade old price system.