Phillip Morris Huffs and Puffs To No Avail

Law360, New York (August 8, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a blow to Phillip Morris, a Manhattan Supreme Court justice has given the green light for family members of a deceased, longtime smoker to pursue their design-defect and punitive damages claim against the tobacco giant and other cigarette manufacturers.

On Friday, Justice Charles E. Ramos ruled in favor of the relatives of Maureen Fabiano, rejecting the defendants' arguments that the plaintiffs should not be allowed to press forward with their claims.

“The evidence presented by plaintiffs raise issues of fact as to whether defendants acted...
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