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Illinois Supreme Court Allows Judgment Against Philip Morris To Move Forward

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The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld a state appellate court’s ruling that will send the case back to trial for more hearings. Originally, the Madison County judge sided with plaintiffs on a $10.1 billion verdict against Philip Morris over the marketing of ‘light’ cigarettes.

“The Supreme Court had an opportunity to review the appellate decision but found no basis to do so,” an attorney behind the lawsuit, said. “After a long journey through the courts, we believe this decision moves the judgment a step closer toward a final confirmation for the 1.1 million Illinois consumers who were represented in the lawsuit.”

Murray Garnick, senior vice president and associate general counsel for Altria Client Services, which represents Altria Group Inc. subsidiary Philip Morris USA, said that the plaintiff’s attorney “argues that there are newly discovered facts that warrant reopening the judgment. We do not believe there are…All of the historical facts today were known at the time of the trial. The plaintiffs have a huge mountain to climb before they get anywhere, and the only thing decided to date is that they filed their petition on time.”

The lawsuit claims that Philip Morris knew when it introduced light cigarettes in 1971, that there were no healthier than regular cigarettes, and that Philip Morris hid that information. The lawsuit also claims that Philip Morris his information that light cigarettes actually have a more toxic form of tar. disclaimer: This article: Illinois Supreme Court Allows Judgment Against Philip Morris To Move Forward was posted on Thursday, September 29th, 2011 at 7:29 pm at and is filed under Fraud Lawsuits.

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