Cases & Deals

R.J. Reynolds obtains decision denying statewide class certification in Washington case involving smokers of light cigarettes

Clients R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

On May 31, 2006, Judge Paris Kallas of the King County (Seattle), Washington Superior Court entered an order denying the plaintiffs' motion for class certification in a case against several tobacco companies including Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Plaintiffs, suing under state consumer fraud statutes, sought certification of a statewide class consisting of tens of thousands of current and former smokers of light cigarettes in Washington over the course of thirty years.

Jones Day lawyers Hugh Whiting and Sean Costello prepared the briefs, on behalf of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, opposing class certification. Hugh Whiting presented argument at the hearing held March 31, 2006.

Julie Huntsberry v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, et al., No. 02-08173 (King Cty., Wash. Superior Ct.)

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