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Magistrate Judge Appointed in Star Scientific Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against RJ Reynolds

Star Scientific, Inc. (NASDAQ: CIGX) received an Order today from the US District Court for Maryland that refers the company's patent infringement litigation against RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company (RJR) to the Honorable Beth P. Gesner, US Magistrate Judge, for possible settlement. The Order of Reference was signed by Judge Marvin J. Garbis, who has overseen the litigation since August, 2004. Paul L. Perito, Esq., Star Scientific Chairman and President, commented, "We are pleased that after ten years of hard-fought litigation -- where both sides seldom agreed on issues -- the Court's decision to refer the litigation to a Magistrate Judge for settlement purposes was agreed to by the parties. We believe this augurs well for good faith negotiations by the parties that hopefully can lead to a mutually acceptable global resolution."

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