According to foreign reports, an appeal court in Florida has ruled that R.J. Reynolds, an American tobacco company, owes the state $100 million in a settlement agreement in 1997.
It is understood that the money is used for tobacco medical expenses incurred by tobacco companies in the past and in the future for the state.
RJR believes it should not pay for Salem, Winston, Kool and maverick brands, which RJR sold to the ITG brand in 2015.
"We find that, simply put, a contract is a contract, and Reynolds continues to be liable under the contract between Reynolds and Florida," chief justice Spencer Levin said in the court ruling.
"The FSA (Florida settlement agreement) requires Reynolds to pay Florida annually without termination conditions," Levin wrote.