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Class action barred on 'lite' cigarettes

Oklahoman Published: June 15, 2006
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Two smokers can't bring a class action lawsuit against Philip Morris USA Inc. over the way the tobacco giant markets "light" cigarettes, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

The smokers had argued that Richmond, Va.-based Philip Morris knew cigarettes it marketed as having less tar and nicotine would be as dangerous as regular cigarettes.

The high court threw out a lower court's ruling that had been fought by powerful lobbyists for manufacturers and other Ohio businesses.

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