US top court upholds $270 million award to smokers

Jun 27, 2011

The US Supreme Court rejected an appeal request made by American tobacco companies on Monday in a class-action lawsuit that awarded 500,000 smokers a total of $270 million in damages.

Without comment, the highest US court dismissed the appeal of a 2009 Louisiana court decision that ruled the tobacco companies must pay hundreds of millions for programs to help the quit.

The tobacco companies contested the lawsuit and argued that the brought together a number of disparate and individual complaints that spanned more than 50 years.

They said that by allowing the class-action suit, the companies were deprived of their right to investigate the individual plaintiffs and they could not all prove that they had suffered harm.

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dogbert
1 / 5 (1) Jun 27, 2011
Lawyers win again and the courts get to punish the companies again.
ryggesogn2
3 / 5 (2) Jun 27, 2011
How much money has the US collected from tobacco for the past 200 years?
Don't 'legalize' marijuana, decriminalize it. Don't allow the govt to tax it.