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Lawsuits over "light" cigarettes dismissed

Federal appeals courts announced their decision Thursday regarding suits made in New Orleans against Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. and Philip Morris USA, Inc., regarding packaging cigarettes as "light."

According to the Associated Press, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals came to the decision Feb. 14, who denied the appeals due to the plaintiff's seeking damage for the tobacco companies' false marketing, rather than actually damages suffered as a result of such packaging.

Cases in other states have been thrown out under similar reasoning, since well-defined federal regulations provide tobacco companies heavy protection from such claims.