Justices To Hear Tobacco Ad Case

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WASHINGTON — A fight over tough new Massachusetts advertising restrictions moves to the Supreme Court Wednesday, where tobacco companies hope to upend rules aimed at keeping cigarette ads out of view of children.

Philip Morris Cos. (MO), R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings Inc. (RJR) and other tobacco concerns claim the curbs prohibit virtually all outdoor tobacco ads in the state’s largest cities, trampling federal law and First Amendment free-speech rights.

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