Court Puffs New Life Into Cigarette Class Action

Law360, New York (September 6, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal appeals court panel has reinstated a class action lawsuit that accuses Philip Morris USA Inc. of marketing “light” cigarettes that actually contain the same quantities of tar and nicotine as regular cigarettes.

Philip Morris, a subsidiary of Altria Group Inc., previously won a summary judgment dismissal of the case on the grounds that the state law claims were preempted by federal law. However, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit overturned that decision Friday and remanded the case to a Maine district...
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