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MA High Court Awards $37M in Cancer Lawsuit Against Tobacco Maker

In a unanimous ruling, the state’s Supreme Judicial Court awarded a Newton woman $37 million in a lawsuit against Philip Morris USA, the country’s biggest cigarette manufacturer.

The justices’ opinion, issued Tuesday, found enough evidence to support a prior jury verdict and lower court judge’s rulings against the company in a case that claimed Marlboro Light cigarettes — and the company’s claims about them — resulted in the plaintiff’s cancer.

Patricia Walsh Greene sued Philip Morris for false advertising and intentional misinformation, arguing that the company’s promises about filtered cigarettes affected her decision to smoke and, ultimately, caused her cancer.


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