Philip Morris Can't Appeal Light Cig Suit: Ill. High Court

Law360, New York (September 28, 2011, 7:02 PM EDT) -- Illinois' top court on Wednesday rejected Philip Morris USA Inc.'s bid to appeal a decision reviving a class action over the tobacco giant's alleged deceptive marketing of light cigarettes five years after the state's high court threw out a $10 billion verdict in favor of plaintiffs.

The February decision overturned a trial court's ruling that the plaintiffs' appeal of the reversal had been untimely. In its motion for leave to appeal, Philip Morris claimed the trial court had been right, and that what the plaintiffs had...
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