October 29, 2001 - Philip Morris Ruling on Foreign Government Claims Upheld by Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AFX) - The US Supreme Court has declined to review a decision by an appeals court that upheld the dismissal of lawsuits brought by Guatemala, Nicaragua, and the Ukraine against American tobacco companies, including Philip Morris Cos Inc.

The high court's decision affirmed the lower court's dismissal of foreign government claims seeking reimbursement of money spent to treat smoking-related illnesses for their citizens, according to a Philip Morris statement.

"The Supreme Court's decision not to review the case is not surprising, given that all federal circuit courts of appeals to decide issues of third-party plaintiffs -- eight at last count -- have reached the same conclusion. As remarkable as it may sound, each of those appeals courts has issued decisions without a single dissenting judge," William Ohlemeyer, Philip Morris vice president and associate general counsel.

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