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US top court rejects Philip Morris appeal of judgment in smoker's death

A man enjoys a cigarette in midtown Manhattan.
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A man enjoys a cigarette in midtown Manhattan.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Philip Morris USA's challenge to a $25 million Oregon jury verdict in favor of a man whose wife died of a lung cancer-related brain tumor after smoking the company's low-tar cigarettes.


By rejecting the cigarette maker's appeal, the high court left in place a July 2015 Oregon Court of Appeals ruling in favor of Paul Schwarz, the husband of Michelle Schwarz, a long-term smoker who died in 1999. Philip Morris is owned by Altria Group.