WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., May 1 The Oregon StateSupreme Court today issued its ruling in Lowe, a proposed statewide classaction in which plaintiff sought to make cigarette manufacturers, including R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, pay for medical monitoring of all Oregoncigarette smokers.
The court ruled that the trial court's dismissal of the complaint and theintermediate appellate court's unanimous decision affirming that ruling werecorrect.
"We are pleased with the Court's decision," said Martin L. Holton III-- general counsel for R.J. Reynolds.
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, an indirect subsidiary of Reynolds AmericanInc. (NYSE: RAI), is the second-largest tobacco company in the United States,manufacturing about one of every three cigarettes sold in the country. Thecompany's brands include five of the 10 best-selling U.S. cigarette brands:Camel, Kool, Pall Mall, Winston and Doral. For more information, visithttp://www.RJRT.com .
SOURCE R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company