Philip Morris Fails To Nix Claims In Cigarettes MDL

Law360, New York (July 26, 2010, 7:35 PM EDT) -- The federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation alleging Philip Morris USA Inc. fraudulently marketed its “light” cigarettes has cleared the way for the plaintiffs’ unjust enrichment claims and other requests for equitable relief to proceed.

Chief Judge John A. Woodcock Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine on Monday rejected the tobacco maker’s move for judgment on the pleadings against the plaintiffs’ unjust enrichment claims and bids for restitution, disgorgement and injunctions as premature.

The judge also refused to accept Philip Morris’ contention...
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