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

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.