Six plaintiffs who accuse Philip Morris of misleading smokers with “light” branded cigarettes survived a summary judgment motion on Thursday, allowing their claims against the tobacco company to remain part of federal multidistrict litigation underway in Maine.

Philip Morris had argued that, as a matter of law, the six plaintiffs could not show that PM’s alleged misrepresentations about safety caused them to continue smoking light cigarettes because they kept using the products after learning of the health risks involved. The plaintiffs countered that they were addicted and were incapable of stopping, and they invoked public policy considerations in maintaining that Philip Morris should not benefit from the addictive nature of their product.

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]