Sorry, light cigarette smokers! The Second Circuit denied you class-action status in your suit against the tobacco companies. A district court judge had held that “virtually all Americans who had purchased cigarettes labeled as ‘light'” could be part of the class. The appellate court laughed at this broad certification, saying it would not “reduce the range of issues in dispute and promote judicial economy.” [Consumer Law & Policy Blog]

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  1. Pink Puppet says:

    What fool would think any cigarette might be less harmful than any other? It’s still a bunch of carcinogens, geez.

  2. Angryrider says:

    Darn straight. Poison, no matter what the amount is still poison.

  3. uberbucket says:

    Wait, smoking is bad ?

    No wai!

  4. nequam says:

    The ruling says nothing about the validity of any of the individual claims or theories. It’s just a procedural question of whether a class action is preferable to individual cases.

  5. Pink Puppet says:

    @nequam: Of course, but nonetheless the very fact that the suit exists makes me facepalm.

  6. Bill Brasky says:

    As a smoker, I have approved the following message:

    NOBODY HELD A GUN TO MY HEAD AND TOLD ME TO SMOKE!!! I CHOSE TO!!!

    We now return you to your ridiculous lawsuit.

    Oh, there are warnings on the packs, BTW…

  7. MercuryPDX says:

    @Bill Brasky: Sometimes the pack IS the warning:

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  8. Bill Brasky says:

    @MercuryPDX: Oh God…I’ve smoked them.

    And they weren’t bad…

    Nevermind.

  9. SCROTUS says:

    Poor fag suckers get shagged again.

  10. G-Dog says:

    In this day and age who still believes cigarettes are a great source of betachromolavins and other mega healthanoids?

  11. Rusted says:

    @Bill Brasky: Even as a nonsmoker, I have to agree. No one ever forced a smoker to smoke, unless they were a rat.

  12. Bill Brasky says:

    I just hate when people do that.

    “Cigarettes made me sick.” You’d throw a fit if they didn’t sell them to you. I’m not a “Blame the victim” type, but the line between victim and volunteer is pretty clear on this.