Albany � The Court of Appeals refused to reinstate massive class actions against five major tobacco companies yesterday, finding the plaintiffs failed to show they were injured by the companies’ allegedly fraudulent concealment of the dangers of smoking.
In a narrow reading of the state’s primary consumer fraud statute, the Court ruled it is not enough for the plaintiffs to show that deceptive conduct induced them to buy cigarettes. It said they must prove they suffered financial or physical injury as a result of their addiction to nicotine.
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