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A Milwaukee County Judge has given preliminary approval for a class action tobacco lawsuit filed in 2002, that has reached a $65 million dollar settlement. The final hearing is set for December.

The settlement terms will allow Wisconsin snuff users to each receive more than $800 in coupons to buy smokeless tobacco at a steep discount over the span of twenty years.

The lawsuit claimed Wisconsin snuff users were overcharged for the product because the maker of Copenhagen and Skoal tried to monopolize the market.

The settlement would give $10,000 to Feuerabend (the originator of the lawsuit) and more than $800 in coupons to customers who bought snuff between 1990 and 2004.

Consumers have until July 2008 to make a claim.

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