Minn. High Court Stubs Out Philip Morris 'Lights' Row

Law360, New York (May 30, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT) -- The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday extinguished a decadelong class action against Philip Morris Inc. that had sought refunds for its Marlboro Lights cigarettes, finding a 1998 settlement agreement between the cigarette maker and the state’s attorney general bars such claims.

The high court reversed a state appeals court decision to revive the suit’s consumer protection claims, ruling that the Tobacco Settlement Agreement had already released Philip Morris from such claims. That agreement resolved a state attorney general's suit similarly accusing the cigarette maker of knowingly...
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