1st Circ. Declines Light Cigarette Class Cert. Row

Law360, New York (February 23, 2011, 2:43 PM EST) -- The First Circuit on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal of the denial of class certification in a multidistrict litigation accusing Philip Morris USA Inc. of fraudulently marketing its so-called light cigarettes as less harmful than regular cigarettes.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit denied the plaintiffs' bid for an interlocutory appeal, allowing a district court ruling denying class certification in four lights cases to stand.

“Even assuming that the denial of class certification threatens to end the litigation, we conclude that the...
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