Philip Morris headed back to court over light cigarette lawsuit that initially resulted in US$10.10B judgment

LOS ANGELES , October 3, 2011 (press release) – Philip Morris is headed back to court over a lawsuit that initially resulted in a US$10.1 billion judgment against the cigarette giant, Courthouse News reported Sept. 29.

Philip Morris is being accused of misleading consumers by advertising that certain cigarette brands were “light” and contained “lowered tar and nicotine.” Plaintiffs claim that the cigarette maker knew that its product – Marlboro Lights – was not safer and may in fact be even more dangerous to smokers.

Philip Morris was originally ordered to pay $10.1 billion in damages in 2003, but higher courts reversed and reinstated the award multiple times, leading to the latest upcoming lawsuit on the matter.

The primary source of this article is Courthouse News, Pasadena, California, on Sept. 29, 2011.

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