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Va. judge sets trial date in Star Scientific case

Friday - 5/24/2013, 2:40pm  ET

SOUTH HILL, Va. - A politically connected nutritional supplement maker's lawsuit against the state is moving forward after being stalled for more than a year.

A judge in Mecklenburg County has set a December trial over Star Scientific's dispute of a state tax bill. Media outlets report that a judge will hear the matter on Dec. 13-14.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli recused his office after it became public that he was defending the state even though he owned stock in Star Scientific and had accepted lake house vacations and private plane rides from its chief executive.

Federal authorities also are looking into the relationship between Star Scientific chief executive Jonnie Williams and Gov. Bob McDonnell. Williams paid $15,000 for the catering at McDonnell's daughter's 2011 wedding.

A Star Scientific spokeswoman had no comment.

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