Background on the Federal Government LawsuitIn 1999, the United States government filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against various cigarette manufacturers and their parent companies asserting claims under various federal statutes. The lawsuit sought to recover billions of dollars in health care costs for tobacco-related illnesses. The government also sought disgorgement of company profits and an injunction prohibiting certain actions by defendants. The court eventually dismissed all of the government's claims but one, and rejected the monetary penalties the government sought. In August 2006, the court entered judgment in favor of the government on its remaining claim. The court issued findings related to the companies' conduct and a permanent injunction that is in place today. As part of the injunction, the court ordered the defendants to make certain "corrective statements" related to issues raised in the litigation. Since 2006, the parties have vigorously litigated aspects of the injunction, including the content of the corrective statements. Altria's Profile Altria's wholly-owned subsidiaries include Philip Morris USA Inc., U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC, John Middleton Co., Sherman Group Holdings, LLC and its subsidiaries, Nu Mark LLC, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Ltd. and Philip Morris Capital Corporation. Altria holds an equity investment in Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV. The brand portfolios of Altria's tobacco operating companies include Marlboro ® , Black & Mild ® , Copenhagen ® , Skoal ® , MarkTen ® and Green Smoke ® . Ste. Michelle produces and markets premium wines sold under various labels, including Chateau Ste. Michelle ® , Columbia Crest ® , 14 Hands ® and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars ™ , and it imports and markets Antinori ® , Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte ™ , Torres ® and Villa Maria Estate ™ products in the United States. Trademarks and service marks related to Altria referenced in this release are the property of Altria or its subsidiaries or are used with permission. More information about Altria is available at altria.com and on the Altria Investor app.