Marlboro Lights “Healthier to Smoke” Class Action Settlement (Arkansas Only)
The Settlement includes all persons who purchased Defendant’s Marlboro Light or Marlboro Ultra Light cigarettes in the state of Arkansas for personal consumption from November 1, 1971 through June 22, 2010.
Payments will be made to Class members who file valid claims and will be calculated as follows:
- 10 cents per pack for each pack purchased between November 1, 1971 and April 17, 1998;
- 25 cents per pack for each pack purchased between April 18, 1998 and April 18, 2003; and
- 10 cents per pack for each pack purchased between April 19, 2003 and June 22, 2010.
value of submitted claims are less than the money available in the Settlement Fund, each claim payment may be increased pro rata. If you do not complete your claim in its entirety, it will be processed, but the available refund will be automatically reduced to the amount in the incomplete claim form or $50.00, whichever is less.
Proof of Purchase
Wayne Miner and James Easley, Individually, and on behalf of all others similarly situated v. Philip Morris Companies, Inc. Case No. CV 2003-4661.Circuit Court for Pulaski County, Arkansas
The lawsuit resolves claims that Philip Morris advertised, marketed and sold Marlboro Lights and Marlboro Ultra Lights cigarettes as healthier than regular cigarettes in a way that deceived consumers who purchased Marlboro Lights and Marlboro Ultra Lights in Arkansas. Plaintiffs allege that,during the period in question Philip Morris marketed and sold their cigarettes a as “Lights,” “Ultra Lights,” “lower tar and nicotine,” “low tar and nicotine.” According to the plaintiffs the Defendant falsely represented that Marlboro Lights and Marlboro Ultra Lights being less harmful and delivering lower tar and nicotine in comparison to regular Marlboro cigarettes. Contrary to these claims the cigarettes marketed as Lights do not deliver lower tar and nicotine than regular Marlboro cigarettes when actually smoked. This case does not address actual damages suffered as a result of that person’s addiction, personal injury or any health-related illness resulting from that person smoking Marlboro Lights or Ultra Lights cigarettes.
The manufacturer denies the claims and allegations in the lawsuit but has agreed to settle the case to avoid further substantial expense and the inconvenience and distraction of protracted and burdensome litigation.