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21 Jun 2011

National Law Journal [USA]

Fallout from Wal-Mart case begins [USA]

The Supreme Court's...decision Monday in Wal-Mart v. Dukes...is already having an impact on the Supreme Court's docket.. After issuing the Wal-Mart decision, the Court..."re-listed" two long-pending petitions for certiorari...The first is Philip Morris v. Jackson, filed by the...company...to challenge a $270 million class-action judgment...to pay for smoking cessation programs...Philip Morris [part of Altria] filed a supplemental brief arguing that the Wal-Mart decision Monday makes its case...because the Wal-Mart ruling's restrictions on federal class actions will give plaintiffs more incentive to "push the limits" in state courts...Robert Peck of the Center for Constitutional Litigation, representing the plaintiffs...filed a reply...urging the Court not to grant review to the Philip Morris petition, adding that "further delay in implementing a program found necessary to save thousands of lives from the ravages of smoking addiction is unwarranted."