Philip Morris Faces Class Action over Marlboro Cigarettes

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Boston, MA: A class action lawsuit has been brought against Philip Morris. The lawsuit seeks to have Philip Morris pay for medical monitoring in the form of a low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan. Medical monitoring is a potentially life saving screening technique, which can often detect lung cancer at an early stage, greatly increasing the chances of survival.

The lawsuit claims that Philip Morris designed, marketed, and sold Marlboro cigarettes that delivered excessive and dangerous level of carcinogens, cancer causing substances, in violation of Massachusetts state law. This lawsuit does not include current or future personal injury claims involving smoking related diseases.

Who is Included: Class Members include residents of Massachusetts as of February 26, 2013 who:

Are 50 years of age or older;
Have a smoking history equal to at least a pack a day of Marlboro cigarettes for 20 years (e.g., one pack a day for 20 years; two packs a day for 10 years; a half pack a day for 40 years);
Currently smoke Marlboro cigarettes, or quit smoking Marlboro cigarettes on or after December 14, 2005;
Have not been diagnosed with lung cancer and a doctor does not suspect that you have lung cancer as of the date of any judgment entered, or relief obtained, in this lawsuit; and
Have smoked Marlboro cigarettes within Massachusetts.

Stay in the Class: Class Members do not need to do anything to stay in the Class. Class Members will be notified about how to ask for medical monitoring if benefits are obtained. Remaining in the Class will not prevent Class Members from bringing a lawsuit against Philip Morris for damages in the event that they contract cancer or another condition as a result of smoking.

Get out of the Class: Class Members who want to keep your rights to sue Philip Morris on their own over the claims in this case need to exclude themselves by mailing a letter to the address below stating that they do not want to be included in this lawsuit. However, Class Members who exclude themselves will not get medical monitoring from this lawsuit if it is awarded. The deadline to ask for exclusion is August 19, 2013.

Law Firm Representing the Class: The Court has appointed Phillips & Paolicelli, LLP, as well as Thornton & Naumes, LLP; Arrowood Peters, LLP; and Todd & Weld, LLP, to represent the Class as "Class Counsel." You do not have to pay anyone to participate. Instead, the attorneys will seek an award of fees and costs from the Court, to be paid by Philip Morris, or out of a fund created for the Class, if one becomes available. You may hire your own lawyer to appear in Court for you, but if you do, you have to pay that lawyer. Class Member Options

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Reader Comments

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I started smoking when I was 12 yrs, between 2010-2014/15, I was diagnosed with Cardio Vascular Disease. I have had approximately 54 Surgeries, Emergency Bypass to save my right leg, Bi Femoral Bypass, Countless amputations and more. Today I am a double Amputee, My left limb is 4 fingers away from my hip, the right limb is 8 fingers away from my hip, I have no balance. I have tried to stop smoking many times and failed many times. I Iwish I had never started smoking! It's too late for me but not for you.

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Smoked 1 q/2 packs a day during this time

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My wife smoked cigarettes starting at 13 in Lowell ,Ma. and she died 15months ago at 78 years old in Lakeland, Fl.
She died of COPD, Lung cancer and a heart problem . I had an attorney or 8 years The main problem was her inability to breathe. She was on oxygen for 10 years. Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated. WE were married 58 years.

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I have smoked Marlboro lights for 34 years. I started when I was 13. I have tried numerous times to quit to no avail. I started smoking Marlboro lights as there was less tar and at the time my thought process, I wouldn't be apt to become addicted if I smoked the lights.

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