La. Appeals Court Orders Big Tobacco To Pay $241.5M

Law360, New York (April 30, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT) -- A Louisiana appeals court has ordered tobacco giants including Philip Morris USA to pay $241.5 million to fund a 10-year smoking cessation program, affirming a judge's ruling but reducing the award because the class size has diminished.

Louisiana's Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal affirmed on April 23 a judge's ruling that affirmed a jury's 2004 verdict that the tobacco company defendants conspired to mislead the public about the health effects of tobacco and to market cigarettes to children.

“We are happy with the court’s unanimous decision,...
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