No. 108,491.

335 P.3d 644 (2014)

Daric SMITH, on behalf of himself, and all others similarly situated, Appellants/Cross-appellees, v. PHILIP MORRIS COMPANIES, INC.; Philip Morris Incorporated; Philip Morris International Inc.; R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company; British American Tobacco Co. Ltd.; Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp.; Lorillard Tobacco Co.; Liggett Group, Inc.; and Brooke Group, Ltd., Appellees/Cross-appellants.

Court of Appeals of Kansas.

July 18, 2014.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Rex A. Sharp and Barbara C. Frankland , of Gunderson, Sharp & Walke, L.L.P., of Prairie Village, Kerry McQueen , of Sharp McQueen PA, of Liberal, and Isaac L. Diel , of Sharp McQueen PA, of Overland Park, for appellants/cross-appellees.

Todd N. Thompson , of Thompson Ramsdell & Qualseth, P.A., of Lawrence, and Kenneth J. Parsigian , of Latham & Watkins, of Boston, Massachusetts, for appellee/cross-appellant Philip Morris International Inc.

Kenneth L. Chernof , of Arnold & Porter LLP, of Washington, D.C., and J. Eugene Balloun , of Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P., of Kansas City, Missouri, for appellees/cross-appellants Philip Morris USA, Inc. and Altria Group, Inc.

Michael J. Norton , of Foulston Siefkin LLP, of Wichita, for appellee/cross-appellant Liggett Group, LLC.

Daniel H. Diepenbrock , of Law Office of Daniel H. Diepenbrock, P.A., of Liberal, and Thomas Demitrack , of Jones Day, of Cleveland, Ohio, for appellees/cross-appellants R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation.

Scott Martin and Irving Scher , of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, of New York, New York, and Daniel H. Diepenbrock , of Law Office of Daniel H. Diepenbrock, P.A., of Liberal, for appellee/cross-appellant Lorillard Tobacco Company.

James A. Walker , of Triplett, Woolf & Garretson, LLC, of Wichita, and Benjamin Rubinstein and Allison M. Alcasabas , of Herbert Smith Freehills New York LLP, of New York, New York, for appellee/cross-appellant British American Tobacco (Investments) Limited.



In February 2000, Daric Smith, seeking to represent a class of Kansas retail purchasers of cigarettes (Plaintiffs), commenced this action against several tobacco companies (Defendants) in the Seward County District Court, alleging they conspired to fix the wholesale price of cigarettes in violation of the Kansas Restraint of Trade Act (KRTA), K.S.A. 50-101 et seq. Defendants are: Altria Group, Inc., formerly Philip Morris Companies, Inc. (Altria...

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