US judge allows class action over light cigarettes

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 05 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:722
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    People who smoked “light” cigarettes because they thought that they were less harmful than ordinary ones can pursue their claim of fraud as a class action lawsuit, the US federal judge Jack Weinstein ruled last week. The lawsuit was filed in 2004 against Philip Morris, R J Reynolds, Lorillard Tobacco, British American Tobacco, and others.

    “The plaintiffs are entitled to the chance to prove their allegations,” Judge Weinstein …

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