A federal judge has dismissed a proposed class action civil rights suit brought by African American smokers of menthol cigarettes who say they were targeted in an aggressive marketing campaign but were never warned of the increased health risks of smoking mentholated cigarettes.

“Plaintiffs have not cited any authority holding that the type of ‘targeting’ alleged in this case violates Sections 1981 or 1982,” U.S. District Judge John R. Padova wrote in his 25-page opinion in Brown v. Philip Morris Inc.

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