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Correction: Cigarette Lawsuit-Illinois story

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — In a story Aug. 22 about a lawsuit in Illinois over cigarette marketing, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of the cigarette maker involved in a legal settlement. The company involved is the Philip Morris unit of Altria Group Inc., not Philip Morris International Inc., which is a separate company.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Judge mulling whether to revive cigarette lawsuit

Illinois: Madison County judge weighs whether to revive $10 billion cigarette lawsuit

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A judge in southwestern Illinois is weighing whether to revive a $10.1 billion verdict against Philip Morris, Altria Group Inc.'s cigarette-making unit.

After a hearing Tuesday in Edwardsville, Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth took the matter under advisement without offering any insight on when he might rule.

A different Madison County judge in 2003 found that Philip Morris misled customers about "light" and "low tar" cigarettes and broke state law by marketing them as safer.

The state's high court later threw out that verdict. But a state appellate court last year cleared the way for the plaintiffs to argue that a favorable 2008 U.S. Supreme Court decision in an unrelated case may be applied to reinstate the Madison County case.

The class-action lawsuit involves 1.1 million people who bought "light" cigarettes in Illinois.

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