Oregon Court Snuffs Out Suit Against Big Tobacco

Law360, New York (May 1, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The Oregon Supreme Court has affirmed the dismissal of a proposed class action that sought to make five major U.S. cigarette companies pay for medical monitoring of all state cigarette smokers.

In its opinion, reached Thursday, the Oregon high court ruled that the lead plaintiff in the case had not suffered any physical harm and therefore had failed to state a claim for negligence.

“The complaint does not allege that plaintiff has suffered any present physical harm as a result of defendants' conduct,” Judge Rives Kistler...
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