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$270 Million Award To Smokers Upheld by Top US Court

by Tanya Thomas on  June 29, 2011 at 5:39 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
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.
 $270 Million Award To Smokers Upheld by Top US Court
$270 Million Award To Smokers Upheld by Top US Court
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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 smokers quit.

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The tobacco companies contested the lawsuit and argued that the class-action lawsuit 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.

Source: AFP
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