LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- More than 11,000 members of a class-action suit against Phillip Morris will move forward in getting their share of a $45 million settlement.
Monday, Pulaski County Circuit Judge, Tim Fox, gave final approval of the settlement and determined attorneys reached enough eligible applicants for the suit to move forward.
The class-action suit has been in litigation since 2003.
According to Little Rock attorney, Tom Thrash, the suit was filed against Phillip Morris for their Marlboro Lights and Marlboro Ultra-Lights. It alleges deceptive practices in their advertising and marketing of the Light brand as being a safer, healthier cigarette. Thrash said the Marlboro Light brand was more harmful than the regular cigarettes.
Thrash also added the settlement of the suit is big for Arkansas, because Phillip Morris was successful in about 18 other states in defending similar lawsuits.
Two special masters have appointed by the court to vet the applications.
Applicants will are asked to file a claim form under penalty of perjury, and must provide a witness that can verify the fact the person purchased the cigarettes.
Anyone who purchased Marlboro Lights or Ultra Lights in Arkansas between November 1, 1971 and June 22, 2010 can apply to claim a portion of that $45 million settlement. You do not have to live in Arkansas to qualify.
Applicants will qualify to get 10 cents a pack for purchases from 1971-1998, 25 cents a pack from 1998-2003, and 10 cents a back from 2003-2010.
The number of purchases made by a class member will determine the total amount of the claim.
Applications must be submitted by December 1. You can apply at here.