Illinois court invalidated tobacco judgment

On May 5, 2006, the Illinois Supreme Court declined to reconsider its decision to vacate a $10.1 billion judgment against Phillip Morris USA. The judgment resulted from a case where the tobacco company was found liable of falsely claiming that light cigarettes were safer than regular ones. Explaining its decision, the court stated that under the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act, Phillip Morris could not be held liable because its actions were specifically permitted by a regulatory body. The case was appealed to the US Supreme Court, declined to review the Illinois Supreme Court's ruling, thus letting the decision stand.

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