Philip Morris Beats Class Cert. Bid In 'Light' Cig Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (August 8, 2013, 8:48 PM EDT) -- A Wisconsin federal judge on Thursday refused to certify a putative class of consumers who claim Philip Morris USA Inc. and Altria Group Inc. deceived them about the tar and nicotine levels in their “light” cigarettes, ruling the plaintiffs failed to allege a common injury.

In a 12-page decision, U.S. District Judge Lynn S. Adelman ruled that it was “doubtful” that every Wisconsin resident between 2003 to present who purchased Philip Morris cigarettes shared the belief that “light” and “ultra light” cigarettes were safer to smoke...
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