Tobacco Cos. Urge Post-Dukes Review Of $270M Deal

Law360, New York (June 23, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT) -- Philip Morris USA Inc. and other tobacco giants told the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday that Wal-Mart v. Dukes underscores the need for the court to hear their appeal of a $270 million judgment in a Louisiana class action brought by smokers.

According to the tobacco companies, a Louisiana state court had violated their due process rights and abandoned essential principles of class litigation by allowing lead plaintiffs who had quit smoking to represent a class of smokers who sought to set up a smoking cessation...
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