A Missouri court has given the green light to a class action lawsuit to proceed against Philip Morris USA, Inc. for allegedly misleading people about the amount of tar and nicotine delivered to smokers by Marlboro Lights cigarettes, and about the dangers of Marlboro Lights cigarettes. Plaintiffs in the Marlboro Lights class action lawsuit claim Philip Morris did so through advertising and other marketing that convinced smokers that Marlboro Lights cigarettes delivered to smokers less tar and nicotine and were, therefore, less harmful than regular cigarettes, when in fact Marlboro Lights are at least as dangerous as regular cigarettes.
The Philip Morris class action lawsuit was certified by Judge Michael David of the Missouri Circuit Court, Twenty-Second Judicial Court. The class action lawsuit takes aim at two principal issues: (1) whether Philip Morris misled people about the amount of tar and nicotine they would receive from smoking Marlboro Lights and about the dangers of smoking Marlboro Lights versus regular cigarettes; and (2) whether people overpaid for Marlboro Lights as a result of Philip Morris’ alleged misrepresentations.
Judge David decided that Class Members of the Philip Morris Marlboro Lights class action lawsuit include, with certain exceptions, all residents of Missouri who purchased and consumed Marlboro Lights cigarettes in Missouri between February 14, 1995 and December 31, 2003 but who have not filed a claim for personal injury resulting from purchase or consumption of cigarettes.
Plaintiffs in the Marlboro Lights class action lawsuit are seeking to recover the amount of money Class Members overpaid for Marlboro Lights cigarettes and punitive damages for violating the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act.
Class Members in the newly certified class action lawsuit have until August 23, 2011 to decide whether to stay in the Class or whether to exclude themselves before the trial, which is currently set for September 6, 2011. By doing nothing, you remain in the Class and will keep the possibility of getting money from the class action lawsuit settlement. If you wish to exclude yourself and retain your right to sue individually, you must mail your Exclusion Request postmarked by August 23, 2011.
You can find more information about your rights in the Philip Morris Marlboro Lights Class Action Lawsuit at the Settlement Administrator’s website: www.MOCigaretteCase.com.
The case is Craft, et al. v. Philip Morris Companies, Inc., et al., Case No. 002-00406-02.
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