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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A lawsuit that led to a $10.1 billion verdict against Philip Morris before it was overturned by the Illinois Supreme Court has been revived by a lower court.

The Mount Vernon-based 5th District Appellate Court on Thursday cleared the way for the plaintiffs to argue that a favorable 2008 U.S. Supreme Court decision in an unrelated case may be applied to reinstate the questioned Madison County one.

In 2003, a judge found that Philip Morris misled customers about “light” cigarettes. The state’s Supreme Court later overturned that, saying regulators let companies characterize or label their cigarettes as “light” and “low tar.”

The lead plaintiffs’ attorney tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch his firm is eager to press ahead. A lawyer speaking on Philip Morris’ behalf says the plaintiffs’ claims are meritless.

Copyright Associated Press

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