Court Chews Tobacco Cos.' Class Status Appeal

Law360, New York (July 10, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Tobacco companies are holding their breath as an appeals court considers the certification of a nationwide class of “light” cigarettes smokers in a high stakes case where the damages bill is said to top $800 billion.

The cigarette giants are fighting a court's order last September to certify the class of 50 million smokers—the largest class of plaintiffs in U.S. history—who claim they were victims of fraudulent marketing.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit heard argument in the case...
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