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Morning headlines: Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Oct 26, 2011
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GameĀ 6 of the World Series at Busch Stadium tonight

Jaime Garcia takes the mound tonight for the Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series at Busch Stadium, and the Texas Rangers will counter with Colby Lewis. The two pitchers faced each other in Game 2, with the Rangers ultimately getting the victory.

The Rangers have a 3-2 lead in the series. If the Rangers win tonight's game it will be their first World Series title.

Mistrial declared in tobacco lawsuit in St. Louis

Oct 25, 2011
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Update at 5:01 p.m.:

The lead lawyer in the lawsuit says he'll try the case again. Attorney Stephen Swedlow says he'll take the case to trial again. The jury deadlocked 8-4 in favor of the plaintiffs, and Swedlow points out it only takes nine jurors to return a civil verdict in Missouri. He says he'll work harder to convince a ninth juror in the retrial.

Original Story:

A mistrial has been declared in a $700 million lawsuit against Philip Morris in a case heard in St. Louis, after jurors could not agree on a verdict.

$10B Phillip Morris court case headed back to Madison County

Sep 28, 2011
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Updated 3:40 p.m. with company comment.

The Illinois Supreme Court has rejected cigarette-maker Philip Morris USA's quest to toss out a lower court's revival of a lawsuit that produced a $10.1 billion verdict against the company.

Wednesday's decision affirms a Mount Vernon-based appellate court's February ruling that sends the case back to southwestern Illinois' Madison County, where a judge sided with plaintiffs in a suit over Philip Morris' marketing of "light" cigarettes. The state's high court later threw out that verdict.

Philip Morris USA, others win favorable verdict from St. Louis jury

Apr 29, 2011
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Philip Morris USA and other major tobacco companies won a favorable verdict Friday in a lawsuit filed by 37 Missouri hospitals seeking more than $455 million for treating sick smokers.

Philip Morris USA was one of six tobacco companies involved in the lawsuit.

The hospitals had claimed cigarette companies delivered an "unreasonably dangerous" product and were seeking reimbursement back to 1993 for treating patients who had no insurance and did not pay their bills.