Supreme Court Limits Laws on Online Cigarette Sales

New York City can't use a federal racketeering law to accuse discount cigarette retailers of evading hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes on Internet sales, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled. The nation's highest court, voting 5-3, threw out the city's claims under the U.S. Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act in lawsuits filed in 2003 and 2004.