#Marlboro Lights #ClassAction Settlement #PhilipMorris

Marlboro Lights - Tobacco ProductsPhilip Morris agreed to pay more than $15 million to settle a class action lawsuit that accused the cigarette maker of falsely representing Marlboro Lights as “safer” than Regular Marlboros.

The settlement amount reflects the court awarded $4.9 million, as well as prejudgment interest of $10.3 million.

According to the class action lawsuit, Philip Morris willfully violated Massachusetts consumer protection laws by using words such as “lights” and “lowered tar and nicotine” on packages of Marlboro Lights cigarettes.

Marlboro Lights - Tobacco Products Class Action Law Suit LawsuitThe lawsuit alleged that Phillip Morris knew that Marlboro Lights didn’t have significantly lower tar and were therefore no less harmful to smokers than Regular Marlboros yet intentionally used deceptive wording that indicated otherwise.

Class Members include all Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island or Vermont residents who purchased Marlboro Lights regularly within the State of Massachusetts between Nov. 25, 1994 and Nov. 25, 1998.

Marlboro Lights - Tobacco ProductsIf the settlement is granted final approval, Class Members who file a Claim Form will be unable to bring any further accusations against Philip Morris (and its affiliated companies) regarding Marlboro Light purchases made within Massachusetts.

Those who wish to object or opt out of the Marlboro class action settlement must do so by Aug. 19, 2016.

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