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Judge Refuses to Dismiss Cigarette Lawsuit Grants, Parker Waichman Alonso Motion to Remand to New York

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National law firm Parker Waichman Alonso LLP, has announced that the Chief District Judge John A Woodcock, Jr., for the U.S. District Court, District of Maine, has refused a defense motion to dismiss a light cigarette class action lawsuit filed against Philip Morris USA and Altria Group, Inc. Judge Woodcock also granted Parker Waichman Alonso’s Motion to Suggest Remand back to the Eastern District of New York for class certification.

The lawsuit was originally filed in the US District Court, Eastern District of New York by Bryant Tang, who allegedly suffered economic damages because of misrepresentations made about Marlboro Lights cigarettes marketed by Philip Morris. The lawsuit claims that as early as 1971 Philip Morris USA deceptively marketed Marlboro Lights as a less dangerous alternative to regular cigarettes, and that the tobacco company falsely claimed that Marlboro Lights had “lowered tar and nicotine” even though it knew those cigarettes would not deliver less tar or nicotine to the smoker.

On September 2009, the US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated all light cigarette lawsuits filed against the defendants in federal courts and transferred the cases to US District Court, District of Maine before Judge Woodcock.

The class action will now be referred back to the US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, which will make the final decision on whether to remand the lawsuit to New York.

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: Judge Refuses to Dismiss Cigarette Lawsuit Grants, Parker Waichman Alonso Motion to Remand to New York was posted on Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 at 9:28 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Fraud Lawsuits.

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