U.S. High Court Hears Arkansas Women's Case Against Tobacco Giant

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in the case of two Little Rock women, who claimed that Philip Morris deceived consumers in the marketing of its ``light'' cigarettes. The Arkansas women want the case to remain in state court, but Philip Morris wants it moved to federal court. Federal courts are more desirable to corporations facing lawsuits.

The plaintiffs' attorney, David Frederick, told the Supreme Court that if the justices ruled in favor of Philip Morris, it would prompt other corporations to try to move their lawsuits from state to federal courts.

In the lawsuit, Lisa Watson and Loretta Lawson claim that the company's Marlboro and Cambridge cigarettes weren't as low in tar and tobacco as advertised.

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