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PHILIP MORRIS APPEALS AWARD

Philip Morris USA challenged a $10.1 billion consumer fraud ruling Wednesday, telling the Illinois Supreme Court that its "light" cigarettes performed as advertised.

Attorney James Thompson, a former Illinois governor representing Philip Morris, said smokers who wanted lighter flavor got it and smokers who wanted less tar and nicotine could get that, too. The company is not to blame, he said, if a smoker ended up canceling any health benefits by taking deeper puffs or smoking more cigarettes.

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