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Appeals court to review 'light' cigarette ruling

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November 18, 2006|From Reuters

A U.S. appeals court has decided to review a lower court ruling that let a $200-billion lawsuit filed by "light" cigarette smokers proceed as a class action and stopped proceedings in the suit.

Defendants in the case include Altria Group Inc.'s Philip Morris USA unit, Reynolds American Inc.'s R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Loews Corp.'s Lorillard Tobacco unit, Vector Group Ltd.'s Liggett Group and British American Tobacco (Investments) Ltd.

In September, U.S. Senior District Judge Jack Weinstein in Brooklyn, N.Y., granted class- action status in the case, which would have allowed the lawsuit to go forward on behalf of all U.S. "light" cigarette smokers.

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