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Friday, December 02, 2011

US tobacco companies appealed $270 million settlement to Supreme Court
Cody Harding at 12:00 AM ET

On December 2, 2010, US tobacco companies including Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds, along with an industry trade group, filed an appeal with the US Supreme Court on Thursday to overturn a $271.5 million class action settlement. The Louisiana Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that the companies distorted information regarding the addictive effects of nicotine. The court awarded the settlement to support smoking cessation efforts. The appellant companies argued that the court's procedure for filing and examining claims was unorthodox and that no class member was required to prove the individual elements of their claims. In September 2010, Justice Antonin Scalia stayed the ruling as Circuit Justice for the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The US Supreme Court ultimately denied certiorari in the case on June 27, 2011.

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