Altria and Philip Morris had argued the state claims could not go forward against them and Alaska Commercial Co, a local retailer, because a victory for plaintiffs Dolores Hunter and the estate of Benjamin G. Francis could result in a ban of cigarette sales in the state.
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A U.S. appeals court on Monday reinstated an Alaska lawsuit against Altria Group Inc's Philip Morris USA by the survivor of a deceased smoker, saying her state product liability claims were not preempted by federal law and should have been tried in state court.
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