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Lennon v. Philip Morris Companies, Inc.

Other Lower Courts

October 9, 2001

Virginia M. Lennon et al., on Behalf of Themselves and All Others Similarly Situated, Plaintiffs,
v.
Philip Morris Companies, Inc., et al., Defendants.

COUNSEL

Boies, Schiller & Flexner L. L. P. (David Boies and Sherab Posel, Armonk; Donald Flexner and Amy Mauser, Washington, D.C .; and Jack Stern, New York City, of counsel), and Heller

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Ehrman White & McAuiffe, L. L. P., Washington, D.C . (Darryl Snider and Kenneth Chernof of counsel), for Philip Morris Companies, Inc., defendant.

Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York City (Vincent Chang of counsel), for R.J .R . Nabisco Holdings Corp. and another, defendants.

Jones Day Reavis & Pogue, Washington, D.C . (Thomas F. Cullen, Jr., William V. O'Reilly and Edwin L. Fountain of counsel), for R.J . Reynolds Tobacco Co. and another, defendants.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, New York City (Demetra Frawley of counsel), for B.A .T . Industries, PLC, defendant.

Cravath Swaine & Moore, New York City (Ronald S. Rolfe and Max R. Shulman of counsel), for British American Tobacco Co., Ltd., defendant.

Kirkland & Ellis (Colin R. Kass, Washington D.C ., and Stephen R. Patton and Andrew R. McGaan, Chicago, Illinois, of counsel), for Batus Holdings, Inc., and another, defendants.

Weil Gotshal & Manges L. L. P., Washington, D.C . (Peter Isakoff and Holly E. Loiseau of counsel), for Lorillard Tobacco, Inc., defendant.

Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L. L. P., Kansas City, Missouri (James Eiszner of counsel), for Loews Corporation, defendant.

Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells L. L. P., Washington, D.C . (Kenneth Gallo of counsel), for Liggett Group, Inc., and another, defendants.

Wechsler Harwood Halebian & Feffer L. L. P., New York City (Robert I. Harwood and Samuel K. Rosen of counsel), for plaintiffs.

Stull, Stull & Brody, New York City, for Joseph Nierman, plaintiff.

Richard B. Brualdi, New York City, for Dorothy Sylvester, plaintiff.

OPINION

Charles Edward Ramos, J.

Motion sequences Nos. 003, 004, and 006 are consolidated for purposes of disposition.

In this purported antitrust class action commenced on behalf of smokers, defendants, Philip Morris Companies, Inc., Philip Morris Incorporated (Philip Morris), R.J .R . Nabisco Holdings Corp., R.J . Reynolds Tobacco Co. (RJR), B.A .T . Industries, PLC, British American Tobacco Co., Ltd. (BAT), Batus Holdings, Inc., Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp., Lorillard Tobacco, Inc., Loews Corporation, Liggett Group, Inc., and Brooke Group, Ltd. (defendants), move to dismiss, ...


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