Little Rock, AK: A consumer fraud class action against Philip Morris USA has been granted approval. The lawsuit contends that the tobacco giant deliberately exaggerated the safety of its popular Marlboro Lights cigarettes.
The class action lawsuit was filed in 2003. It is seeking refunds for every pack of Marlboro Lights sold in Arkansas from 1971 until 2009, when Congress banned tobacco companies from advertising cigarettes as "light" or "low-tar." In 2010, Marlboro Lights were renamed Marlboro Gold, and Ultra Lights were renamed Marlboro Silver.
The lawsuit claims that Philip Morris deliberately misled consumers about the health risks associated with smoking light cigarettes. Plaintiffs Wayne Miner and James Easley smoked about two packs of Lights a day until learning about the health allegations in early 2000, the lawsuit states.