The Supreme Court rendered another bad 5-4 decision, opening the way for more lawsuits against tobacco companies based on "deceptive business practices" involving the marketing of light and low tar cigarettes. The usual suspects, Stevens, Kennedy, Souter, Ginsberg & Breyer were in the majoirty.
Most tobacco lawsuits are little more than schemes to extort money from the unpopular tobacco companies -- particularly the cases filed by state attornies general. Many individual cases rely on someone claiming to be such a moron that he/she didn't realize smoking was bad for health, and was tricked by the deceptive advertising of smoking companies. Amazingly enough, this tactic has paid-off incredibly well.
I'm thinking of buying a Cadillac CTS and then suing GM for deceptive business practices if it doesn't turn me on. They can pay me out of their bailout money.