Smokers of so-called light cigarettes can pursue a class action against Philip Morris USA based on the claim that the tobacco giant advertised Marlboro Lights as less harmful than other brands, Massachusetts' highest court ruled Friday. The 4-3 decision marks the first time any state's high court has let a smoker class action proceed against the industry over such cigarettes' marketing, and is predicted to influence other courts on class certification.
Mass. Court OKs Class Action Status in 'Light' Cigarette Suit
The Associated Press
August 16, 2004
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