New York attorney general asks for $900M in penalties against UPS over untaxed cigarette shipping case

A news summary focused on 10 big employers; updated 8:10 a.m.


UPS: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is seeking $872 million in penalties from UPS for allegedly shipping 683,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes to residences and unauthorized sellers — charges the shipper denied at the start of a trial yesterday. The cheaper cigarettes attracted young people who are disproportionately lured to smoking by lower costs, lawyers for Schneiderman say. UPS’s lawyer, Carrie Cohen, said the company was in full compliance with the law and that the dispute was triggered by the city and state mistaking cartons of legally shipped “little cigars” for cigarettes (Bloomberg).

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