Philip Morris Defense Team Solidifies Victory In Illinois Class Action Against Tobacco Giant

Nov 28, 2006 | By: Michael J. Hassen

The New York Times reports on the decision of the United States Supreme Court to let stand the decision of the Illinois Supreme Court that reversed a $10 billion judgment against Philip Morris. The judgment against Philip Morris had been entered in a class action that alleged smokers “were misled about the health risks of ‘light’ cigarettes.” The Illinois Supreme Court reversed the judgment, agreeing with defense attorneys that a statutory exemption for conduct authorized by a governmental regulatory agency applied because “the Federal Trade Commission had endorsed the ‘light’ and ‘low tar’ descriptions in settlements with other cigarette makers.”

The article, entitled ” Justices Let Stand a Decision to Void Big Award Against Philip Morris,” may be found in Section C of the November 28, 2006 edition of the New York Times.

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