Marlboro Lights Cigarettes
January 2014: A federal judge denied class certification of a class-action lawsuit filed against Philip Morris USA Inc. for allegedly deceptively marketing Marlboro Lights cigarettes. The complaint, which was originally filed in 2010, alleges that the company markets Marlboro Lights as containing less nicotine and tar, and therefore being healthier than regular cigarettes when, according to plaintiffs, they are not. The judge denied class certification finding that there was no way to measure damages across the entire class because the individual class members had varied levels of understanding of the levels of tar and nicotine in Lights cigarettes and the effect that could have on their smoking, and also had different smoking habits. (Cabbat et al v. Philip Morris USA, Inc., Case No. 10-cv-00162, D. HI.).
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When a complaint is dismissed with prejudice, it cannot be refiled.