| ALTRIA GROUP: Trial in Suit Against UST to Commence in 2015 Q4
Class Action Reporter, December 17, 2014
Altria Group, Inc., said in its Form 10-Q Report filed with theSecurities and Exchange Commission on October 30, 2014, for thequarterly period ended September 30, 2014, that UST LLC and/or itstobacco subsidiaries has been named in a number of otherindividual tobacco and health suits over time. Plaintiffs'allegations of liability in these cases are based on varioustheories of recovery, such as negligence, strict liability, fraud,misrepresentation, design defect, failure to warn, breach ofimplied warranty, addiction and breach of consumer protectionstatutes. Plaintiffs seek various forms of relief, includingcompensatory and punitive damages, and certain equitable relief,including but not limited to disgorgement. Defenses raised inthese cases include lack of causation, assumption of the risk,comparative fault and/or contributory negligence, and statutes oflimitations. USSTC is currently named in one such action inFlorida (Vassallo). On August 25, 2014, the court entered ascheduling order setting trial to commence in the fourth quarterof 2015.