Philip Morris Asks High Court To Review $270M Award

Law360, New York (December 3, 2010, 6:48 PM EST) -- Philip Morris USA Inc. and other major tobacco companies have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether they were denied due process in a Louisiana class action that resulted in a judgment requiring them to pay $270 million to fund a smoking cessation program.

In a petition filed in the high court on Thursday, the tobacco company asked whether the due process clause prevented state courts from employing the class action device to eliminate “fundamental substantive and procedural protections” that would otherwise apply to adjudications...
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