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Altria Group (NYSE:MO) is having a tough few weeks. After reporting tepid first-quarter earnings results April 30, the tobacco giant is now facing an investigation from the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).

Along with Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM), Altria is facing an inquiry after three business units of British American Tobacco (NYSE:BTI) filed a complaint with the ITC regarding an alleged infringement of patents pertaining to the technology of heated tobacco products.