The lawsuit contends smokers of Marlboro Lights, Virginia Slims Lights and other light cigarettes were misled into thinking that the cigarettes contained less tar and nicotine. Plaintiff lawyers hoped to consolidate the lawsuits in Maine.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that plaintiffs can use state consumer protection laws to sue cigarette makers. Maine plaintiff attorney Samuel Lanham Jr. says the ruling is being reviewed for a possible appeal.
Published at 9:47 AM PST on Nov 30, 2010 | Updated at 10:00 AM PST on Nov 30, 2010