NM Appeals Court Allows Case Against Tobacco Firms

Law360, New York (November 19, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A New Mexico appeals court has renewed a consumer class action alleging several cigarette makers took part in a price-fixing scheme.

The New Mexico Court of Appeals on Tuesday reversed part of a 2006 ruling that granted summary judgment to Philip Morris Inc., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. in a class action brought by New Mexico consumers seeking damages.

But it upheld another part of the decision in favor of two other tobacco companies, Lorillard Tobacco Co. and the Liggett Group....
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