Court denies class-action status for tobacco suit

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R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. won out Dec. 29 when a Philadelphia court rejected class-action status for a lawsuit alleging that the company misrepresented the health risks of light cigarette brands. The suit was filed on behalf of all Pennsylvania smokers who used light or ultralight cigarettes made by the company, including popular brands Camel, Salem and Winston. A class-action suit is not applicable, the court said, because there is little evidence that all Pennsylvanians who used the products started because they thought that light cigarettes were healthier.

Copyright December 2000, Crain Communications Inc.

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