Class Decertified In $800B 'Light' Cigarettes Case

Law360, New York (April 3, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A would-be class of smokers who claim they were deceived about the relative health benefits of light cigarettes will challenge a federal appeals court's decision to take away class certification in an $800 billion suit against defendants including Altria Group Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Thursday issued a 39-page decision holding that numerous issues in the case were not susceptible to generalized proof and would require individualized inquiry, and that the plaintiffs' putative class action...
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