Tobacco companies won a major victory Thursday as a federal appeals court ruled that lawsuits seeking economic damages due to their alleged deception about the relative safety of light cigarettes cannot be pursued as a class action. Saying the "putative class action suffers from an insurmountable deficit of collective legal or factual questions," the 2nd Circuit reversed a decision to certify a class action brought under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
2nd Circuit Decertifies Light Cigarette Class
New York Law Journal
April 4, 2008