Supreme Court rejects $270 million tobacco lawsuit appeal

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Posted: Jun 27, 2011 10:18 AM
Supreme Court rejects $270 million tobacco lawsuit appeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court rejected on Monday an appeal by the major tobacco companies of a $270 million award for a Louisiana smoking cessation program.

Altria Group Inc's Philip Morris USA Inc, a Reynolds American Inc unit, a Lorillard Inc unit and British American Tobacco Plc's Brown & Williamson unit said Louisiana courts improperly allowed the case to go forward as a class action on behalf of more than 500,000 smokers.

(Reporting by James Vicini, Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)