High Court Shakes Head At Big Tobacco's Appeal Bid

Law360, New York (October 1, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a blow to the tobacco industry, the United States' highest court has declined to hear an appeal of a Florida state court’s ruling last year allowing more than half a million smokers to bring new cases against a group of tobacco companies following its rejection of a $145 billion jury verdict in a long-running class action lawsuit.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.’s May 21 petition for writ of certiorari, giving no further elaboration on its decision.

The move comes...
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