St. Louis Public Radio News
10:29 am
Tue May 6, 2003

Philip Morris Sued Again in Madison County, Ill.

Edwardsville, Ill. – Another lawsuit has been filed in Madison County accusing Philip Morris of misleading smokers with its marketing of light-brand cigarettes.

The new lawsuit comes six weeks after the company lost a record $10.1 billion dollar verdict for leading Illinois consumers to believe Marlboro Lights and Cambridge Lights were safer than regular cigarettes. That verdict is under appeal.

The new lawsuit is similar to the first one but covers more than 20 Philip Morris brands, including Marlboro Medium, Benson & Hedges Lights, Virginia Slims Lights and Parliament Lights.

It was filed Friday by the same Belleville law firm that won the first verdict.