The United States Supreme Court today declined plaintiffs’ petition for
review in the Price case, bringing this long-running case to a
In 2015, plaintiffs in the Price case failed to persuade the
Illinois Supreme Court to reinstate a multi-billion dollar judgment
against Philip Morris USA (PM USA). Thereafter, plaintiffs petitioned
the U.S. Supreme Court, asking that Court to order the recusal of one of
the Illinois Supreme Court justices.
“Today’s action by the U.S. Supreme Court effectively ends this case
once and for all,” said Murray Garnick, Altria Client Services senior
vice president and associate general counsel, speaking on behalf of PM
USA. “Almost 10 years ago this case was dismissed against Philip Morris
USA, and, after countless hearings, motions and legal maneuvers by the
plaintiffs to reinstate judgment, the outcome remains the same.”
The Price case began in 2000 and alleged that PM USA deceived
Illinois smokers who purchased Marlboro Lights and Cambridge Lights
cigarettes. The plaintiffs sought a refund of a portion of the purchase
price. After a three-month trial in 2003, a Madison County Circuit Court
judge imposed a $10.1 billion judgment against PM USA. Plaintiffs since
then have pursued multiple legal strategies in support of the judgment.
The Illinois Supreme Court, however, overturned that judgment in 2005
and reaffirmed its decision in 2015.
The case is Price v. Philip Morris Incorporated, case number
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