High Court Won't Review Smokers' $270M Judgment

Law360, New York (June 27, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined a request by Philip Morris USA Inc. and other tobacco giants to consider if they were denied due process in a Louisiana state class action that resulted in a $270 million judgment against them.


In a petition to the court in December, Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Brown & Williamson, Tobacco Institute Inc. and Lorillard Inc. had argued that a Louisiana court abandoned essential principles of class litigation by allowing lead plaintiffs who had quit smoking to...
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