Docket Nos. 03-7140, 03-7141.

407 F.3d 125 (2005)

In Re SIMON II LITIGATION. Simon II Litigation, Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. Philip Morris USA Inc. (formerly known as Philip Morris Incorporated), R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corp. (individually and as successor by merger to The American Tobacco Co.), Lorillard Tobacco Company, and Liggett Group, Inc., Defendants-Appellants.

United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.

Decided May 6, 2005.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

(Murray R. Garnick, David S. Eggert, Heather A. Pigman, Eric Suter, and Arnold & Porter, Washington, D.C.), for Defendant-Appellant Philip Morris USA Inc.

Theodore M. Grossman, Cleveland, OH (Robert H. Klonoff, Michael S. Fried, Washington, DC; Harold K. Gordon, George Kostolampros, New York, NY; and Jones Day, of counsel), for Defendant-Appellant R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.

(Peter A. Bellacosa and Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, New York, NY), for Defendant-Appellant Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation, individually and as successor by merger to The American Tobacco Company.

(Alan E. Mansfield, Stephen L. Saxl, and Greenberg Traurig, LLP, New York, NY), for Defendant-Appellant Lorillard Tobacco Company.

(Aaron H. Marks, New York, NY, Leonard A. Feiwus and Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, LLP), for Defendant-Appellant, Liggett Group, Inc.

Elizabeth J. Cabraser, New York, N.Y. (Richard M. Heimann, Steven E. Fineman, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP; Samuel Issacharoff, New York, NY; Perry Weitz, John M. Broaddus, Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C., New York, NY; M. Frederick Pritzker, Gregory T. Arnold, Brown Rudnick Freed & Gesmer, P.C., Boston, MA; Dianne M. Nast, Roda & Nast, P.C., Lancaster, PA; Norwood Wilner, Spohrer Wilner Maxwell & Matthews, P.A., Jacksonville, FL; and Stanley M. Chesley and Waite, Schneider, Bayless & Chesley Co., Cincinnati, OH, of counsel), for Plaintiffs-Appellees.

(Kenneth S. Geller, Miriam R. Nemetz, Carl J. Summers, Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw, LLP, Washington, DC; and Robin S. Conrad, National Chamber Litigation Center, Inc., of counsel, Washington, DC), for Amicus Curiae Chamber of Commerce of the United States, in support of Defendants-Appellants.

(Daniel J. Popeo, Richard A. Samp, and Washington Legal Foundation, Washington, DC), for Amici Curiae Washington Legal Foundation and The National Association of Manufacturers, in support of Defendants-Appellants.

(Jeffrey R. White, Center for Constitutional Litigation, Washington, DC; Mary E. Alexander, President, The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Washington, DC, of counsel), for Amicus Curiae The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, in support of Defendants-Appellants.

(John H. Beisner, Jonathan D. Hacker, Shannon M. Pazur, O'Melveny & Myers, LLP, Washington, DC; and Hugh F. Young, Jr., Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc., Reston, VA, of counsel), for Amicus Curiae Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc., in support of Defendants-Appellants.

(David C. Vladeck, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC; and Richard A. Daynard, Northeast University Law School, Boston, MA, of counsel), for Amici Curiae American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, National Center for Tobacco-Free Kids, Tobacco Control Resource Center, Center for a Tobacco Free New York, Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, and Dr. C. Everett Koop, in support of neither party.

Before OAKES, POOLER and WESLEY, Circuit Judges.

OAKES, Senior Circuit Judge.

Defendant-appellant tobacco companies appeal from the September 19, 2002, order and October 22, 2002, supplemental memorandum and order of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Jack B. Weinstein, Judge, which certified a nationwide non-opt-out class of smokers seeking only punitive damages under state law for defendants' alleged fraudulent denial and concealment of the health risks posed by cigarettes...

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