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April 30, 2014
08:37 EDTMOAltria to appeal reinstatement of Illinois “Lights” judgment of $10.1B
Philip Morris USA, a unit of Altria Group, said that it will seek immediate review by the Illinois Supreme Court of the appellate court decision to order reinstatement of the 2003 judgment in the Price “Lights” case. While that review is pending, the appellate court decision is stayed automatically. “The law does not allow the Fifth District to reopen a decision by the Illinois Supreme Court based on speculation about the possible impact of subsequent events on the higher court’s ruling. In addition, the Fifth District erred in ordering reinstatement despite the fact that the Illinois Supreme Court previously raised other problems with the judgment, including whether the case was properly certified as a class action,” said Murray Garnick, Altria Client Services senior vice president and associate general counsel, speaking on behalf of PM USA. The Illinois Supreme Court in 2005 overturned a $10.1B judgment against PM USA, which was imposed by former Madison County Circuit Judge Byron, sitting without a jury. “If the Illinois Supreme Court declines to review the case at this point, PM USA will pursue an appeal in the ordinary course, to which a $250M bond cap would apply,” Garnick added.
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August 27, 2014
07:28 EDTMOTobacco giants grab C-store e-cig share as sales shift to 'vape shops,' WSJ says
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August 26, 2014
13:17 EDTMOWHO calls on countries to restrict e-cigarette use, NY Times says
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12:16 EDTMOCourt rules Philip Morris must protect itself against suit, Bloomberg says
An appeals court ruled that Philip Morris USA, a unit of Altria Group, needs to protect itself against a whistle-blower case regarding military cigarette pricing, according to Bloomberg, citing comments that U.S. Circuit Judge Cornelia wrote for a three-panel judge. The ruling rejects the company's allegation that the case didn't cite new data. Reference Link
August 21, 2014
12:00 EDTMOAltria Group raises quarterly dividend by 8.3% to 52c from 48c
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