Judge Rejects Challenge to New York Internet Cigarette Sales Ban

New York Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dillon threw out the last remaining challenge to New York’s ban on Internet cigarette sales, a case brought by the Seneca Indian Nation. The tribe claimed that the ban was implemented improperly, the Associated Press reported May 19.

Seneca Indian businessman Scott Maybee argued that New York lawmakers failed to wait three days before voting on the legislation requested by Gov. George Pataki. The governor had used a “message of necessity” in order to waive the required three-day waiting period.

Joseph Crangle, the attorney for the Seneca Nation, said the “message of necessity” failed to include the required facts about why the waiver was necessary.

“There were no facts in that message whatsoever,” said Crangle in his unsuccessful argument.

Crangle plans to appeal the ruling.