Consumers Go Up In Smoke In Phillips V. Philip Morris

Law360, New York (April 15, 2013, 1:34 PM EDT) -- Manufacturers of consumer products scored a double-win in a recent decision by Judge Sara Lioi of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. In the case of Phillips v. Philip Morris Companies Inc., No. 5:10-cv-1741, Lioi held that the plaintiffs could not maneuver around a class action-limiting provision in the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act (CSPA) by suing in federal court; and the plaintiffs could not sue at all under the Ohio Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA) because the DTPA affords no...
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