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Ill. appeals court revives cigarette lawsuit
Yahoo Finance ^ | 2-26-11 | Jim Suhr, Associated Press

Posted on 02/27/2011 8:05:54 AM PST by STONEWALLS

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- A lawsuit that led to a $10.1 billion verdict against cigarette-making Philip Morris USA before it was tossed out by the Illinois Supreme Court has been revived by a lower court, sending the case back to the county once tagged as among the nation's most lawsuit-friendly turfs.

The unanimous ruling Thursday by the three-judge panel of the Mount Vernon-based 5th District Appellate Court cleared the way for the plaintiffs to argue that a favorable 2008 U.S. Supreme Court decision in an unrelated case may be applied to reinstate the questioned Madison County one involving Philip Morris' marketing of "light" cigarettes.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: cigarettes; lawsuits
...I wonder how much of this is motivated by the fact that the Dem politicians in Illinois are turning over stones looking for revenue....I'm not trying to justify the cigarette makers here...just saying that I expect more companies will be targeted in the future as the Left looks for money to keep their socialist leviathan on life support...we should have known this kind of stuff was coming when Chicago tried to sue handgun manufacturers over their high murder rate.
1 posted on 02/27/2011 8:06:00 AM PST by STONEWALLS
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To: STONEWALLS

Wonder what would happen if cig companies shut down and moved overseas, and stopped selling here? Lots of smokers in China.


2 posted on 02/27/2011 8:14:41 AM PST by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: STONEWALLS

My first thought was:

But Dickie Scruggs (ringleader of tobacco lawsuits) is in jail.


3 posted on 02/27/2011 8:16:28 AM PST by Tupelo
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To: STONEWALLS

Didn’t cigarette makers make a one time lawsuit deal with the feds?.


4 posted on 02/27/2011 10:23:48 AM PST by Vaduz
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